SAN ANTONIO (Ticker) -- The San Antonio Spurs are proving in
the Western Conference finals that a good defense usually
handles a solid offense.
The second-seeded Spurs will attempt to finish a four-game sweep
of the top-seeded Phoenix Suns on Monday and earn plenty of
rest before facing either the defending champion Detroit Pistons
or the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals.
San Antonio, which yielded the fewest points during the regular
season (88.4), has smothered Phoenix by jumping to double-digit
leads in the first quarter on its way to victories in the first
Tim Duncan made all 15 free throws, scored 33 points and grabbed
15 rebounds to lead the Spurs to a 102-92 triumph over the Suns
Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili scored 18 points apiece for San
Antonio, which had a 49-35 rebounding edge to win for the 44th
time in 48 home games this season.
After scoring at least 100 points in 12 straight postseason
contests, the Suns were held to a playoff-low in points in Game
Three, scoring just 10 in the second quarter.
Amare Stoudemire, who is averaging 37.3 points in the series,
scored 34 and had 11 rebounds for Phoenix.
NBA Most Valuable Player Steve Nash scored 20 points but managed
just three assists. Joe Johnson played his first game in 17
days after breaking a bone near his left eye and added 15.
No NBA team ever has captured a series after losing the first
three contests. Should the Suns win, the teams head back to
Phoenix for Game Five on Wednesday.