2010 NBA Playoffs: Suns Sweep Spurs, Moving on to Conference Finals

The Phoenix Suns swept the San Antonio Spurs in the best of seven game series in the 2010 NBA Playoffs Western Conference Semifinals, winning game four 107-101 in San Antonio.

Despite the elbow to the eye Steve Nash received from Tim Duncan, the Suns were still able to pull out a win. Steve Nash was accidentally elbowed in the eye by Tim Duncan in the third quarter. He had to leave the court and get six stitches. He came back to play the fourth quarter, even though he could see out of only one eye due to the swelling and bandage. This didn’t stop Nash from scoring another 10 points in the fourth quarter and earning the redemption the Suns so desperately seeked against the Spurs who have eliminated the Suns from the playoffs four times since 2003.

“He looked like Ray ‘Boom Boom’ Mancini,” Suns forward Grant Hill said. “It forced him to focus ‘cuz he was shooting out of one eye.”

Amare Stoudemire led the Suns with 29 points and 5 rebounds. Steve Nash had 20 points and 9 assists, 10 of his points coming in the fourth quarter when his eye was swollen. Jared Dudley with 16 points and 6 rebounds and Jason Richardson with 11 points and 8 rebounds contributed to the Suns win.

Tony Parker led the Spurs with 22 points, followed by George Hill and Tim Duncan with 17 points each.

“Obviously I’m very sad and very mad that we lost, but at the same time I’m happy for Nash and [Amare] Stoudemire,” Parker said. “Because every year they played hard against us and it never went their way. This year, it went their way.”

“We thought from our past experience that we could do some things to control the series, but they just outplayed us,” Duncan said. “All in all, they just outplayed us.”

“It feels great, but the past is the past,” Nash said. “It’s definitely rewarding to beat the Spurs. For me personally, it feels great. I have a tremendous amount of respect for this franchise.”

The Phoenix Suns are now taking their third trip to the Western Conference Finals since 2005 and are getting a chance to return to the NBA Finals for the first time since 1993.

The Suns will either play the Los Angeles Lakers or the Utah Jazz in the Western Conference Finals. The Lakers lead that series 3-0, and no team in NBA playoff history has ever come back from that deficit to win.

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