2010 NBA Playoffs: Suns Win Game 2, Leading Series 2-0

The Phoenix Suns fought their way to a second win in the 2010 NBA Playoffs Western Conference Semifinals against the San Antonio Spurs in Phoenix Wednesday, May 5, 110-102.

The Suns trailed the entire first half before tying it up at 51-51 right at the half. The score would tie again multiple times in the second half before the Suns pulled away for the win.

Phoenix Suns point guard Steve Nash had a great game, but wasn’t as explosive as he was Monday night. He had 19 points and 6 assists last night, as opposed to the 33 points and 10 assists he had in game one. Amare Stoudemire continues to play well earning 23 points and 11 rebounds last night. Coming off the bench, Jared Dudley brought an intensity to the Suns that was much needed as they were down by as much as 11 points in the first half. Channing Frye had an impressive 15 points, all of which were three pointers. He made 5 of 6 three point attempts for the night. Jason Richardson with 19 points and Grant Hill with 18 points, had yet another great game. Dudley had 11 points, 6 rebounds and a drive that would pump up the entire Suns team.

“I thought in the first half that Jared Dudley changed the whole game,” Popovich said. “He came in and he was committed to the boards and it became infectious.”

Tim Duncan’s impressive performance with 29 points and 10 rebounds wasn’t enough to secure the game for the Spurs. Richard Jefferson also played well with 18 points and 10 boards and Tony Parker, coming off the bench again, added 20 points for San Antonio. Manu Ginobili had 11 points and 11 assists.

“I have to say the impressive thing to me with the win was the team effort,” Nash said. “So many guys made plays for our team tonight, and I can’t remember really being a part of a team that’s had so many guys step up and play well.”

“Grant Hill never ceases to amaze me,” Phoenix coach Alvin Gentry said. “There’s a 37-year-old — he hates when I say that. Here’s a guy who plays on our team that’s been in the league for a long, long time. He just does a good job. Everything we ask him to do, never complains. He’s always on the best perimeter player. He never complains. He just plays. He’ll forever be my favorite player. He really will.”

San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich singled out Channing Frye as one of their challenges in this game.

“He might have had one that was open, but the rest were contested,” Popovich said. “When he does that, they’re very, very difficult to guard.”

“I think we played well offensively,” said Ginobili. “We had the shots we wanted. Again, we didn’t turn the ball over that much. They played good ‘D’ but I think the problem was on the other side where they just picked us apart, especially in the second half.”

The second game score of 110-102 was almost identical to the game one score of 111-102.

Robert Sarver issued a statement Tuesday saying the team would wear their “Los Suns” jerseys to celebrate Cinco de Mayo and to protest the immigration bill passed by the Arizona legislature and signed by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer.

“I’m proud of our owner for making this stand but we’re not out there to alienate,” Nash said. “We want this to be all about love in our community. People, regardless of whether they agree with me or not, we have love for everybody.”

Obama even mentioned the issue at a news conference Wednesday, referring to the series between the Spurs “and Los Suns of Phoenix.”

“The team stood up for that part of our community because I think that’s the side of this bill that could open the door to racial profiling and racism,” Nash said. “and I’m talking about American citizens who are Latino. Their quality of life and freedoms could change because of this bill.”

Game three will take place Friday, May 6 in San Antonio.

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