PHOENIX (Ticker) -- After averting a sweep, the Phoenix Suns are not quite ready to see their remarkable season come to an end.

The Suns look for a second straight victory when they host the San Antonio Spurs in Game Five of the Western Conference final on Wednesday.

Despite leading the league in scoring and winning 33 more games than last season, the Suns were on the verge of being swept by the NBA's top defensive team.

However, Amare Stoudemire scored 31 points and made some critical defensive plays in the second half, including a block on two-time Most Valuable Player Tim Duncan, to help prolong Phoenix's playoff run with a 111-106 road triumph over San Antonio on Monday.

Joe Johnson made 10-of-15 shots and scored 26 points in his second game back after breaking a bone near his left eye. NBA MVP Steve Nash collected 17 points and 12 assists and Shawn Marion grabbed 14 rebounds for the Suns, who shot 57 percent (44-for-77).

Phoenix dictated the tempo after being held to a playoff-low 92 points in Game Three.

Duncan also provided Phoenix with a lift in Game Four, missing 12-of-15 free throws. He made 15 straight from the line in Game Three.

Manu Ginobili scored 28 points and Bruce Bowen and Robert Horry added 15 apiece for the Spurs, who had a 45-37 rebounding edge in Game Four.

The Spurs remain one win away from reaching the NBA Finals for the second time in three years.

The Suns are trying to become the first team to win an NBA playoff series after losing the first three games.

If Phoenix wins, then the series moves back to San Antonio for Game Six on Friday.