The Phoenix Suns take a 3-0 lead in the 2010 NBA Playoffs Western Conference Semifinals after winning game 3 against the San Antonio Spurs in San Antonio, 110-96.
Even though the Phoenix Suns were down by as much as 18 points in the first half, they managed to come back in the second half, winning by 14 points on the Spurs home court.
“Definitely an opportunity wasted,” said Spurs forward Tim Duncan.
Goran Dragic was the star of the night, leading the Suns with 26 points, scoring 23 of those 26 in the 4th quarter. Dragic hit nine of 11 shots in the fourth, including all four 3-point attempts.
“I think it’s safe to say that may have been the best fourth-quarter performance I have ever seen in a playoff game,” Suns forward Grant Hill said.
“He’s my secret weapon,” Gentry said while breezing past the scorer’s table, smiling wide. “I don’t know where he came from, either.”
“During halftime I was talking with Coach Gentry and he told me I have to be more aggressive and drive the lane,” said Dragic, playing in his first career postseason. “When I came back on the court I just did what he told me.”
Dragic’s performance off the bench allowed Steve Nash to rest most of the 4th quarter and Amare Stoudemire never took his warm-ups off in the fourth quarter.
Jason Richardson had 21 points and Grant Hill added 18 points for the Suns.
Spurs guard Manu Ginobili scored 27 points for San Antonio.
Game 4 will take place Sunday, May 9 in San Antonio.
“Everything we tried, it was a bucket and it was demoralizing,” Spurs guard Manu Ginobili said. “We’re going to have to have a perfect game.”
Tony Parker joined the starting line-up tonight. He had 10 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. This is much lower than the 23 points he averaged in games one and two when he came off the bench.
Phoenix outscored San Antonio 39-24 in the fourth quarter and shot 71 percent from the field.