2010 Playoffs: Suns @ San Antonio, Game 4
May 10, 2010
Steve Nash arrives prior to the start of Game 4 vs. the Spurs on May 9, 2010.
Up 3-0 in the best-of-seven series, Stoudemire likes his chances in Game 4.
Jared Dudley makes his way onto the court for the big game.
Steve Nash and Grant Hill meet Tim Duncan and Tony Parker at half-court before tip-off.
Some enthusiastic Suns fans had the prediction for TNT before Game 4.
In a very defensive first half, the Suns surrounded Tim Duncan with Channing Frye, Grant Hill, and Jason Richardson.
Jarron Collins scores early in the game.
Goran Dragic is grabbed while in the lane.
Amar'e Stoudemire stepped in to take a charge.
Goran Dragic again came off the bench and contributed six first-half points.
Jared Dudley signals after hitting a three-pointer. Dudley scored 10 points in the first half and the Suns took a 50-47 lead at the break.
Steve Nash once again ran the offense before being hit by an elbow above the right eye that required six stitches.
Amar'e took over more of the offensive burden while Nash was off the court.
Jason Richardson scored on a layin for two of only 11 points on the night. But Jason hit a huge three-pointer and grabbed two critical rebounds in the last minute to preserve a 107-101 victory and a 4-0 series sweep.
Nash hits a jumper and completes a three-point play just before he gets his eye cut.
Amar'e scored 29 points, including 18 in the fourth quarter.
Nash had to leave the game to receive six stitches after catching an elbow from the Spurs' Tim Duncan. Nash returned to the game for the entire fourth quarter and saw well enough to score 10 points and hand out five assists.
Dudley is congratulated by J-Rich and Nash after completing a three-point play with just over four minutes left.
Jason was "all business" after hitting a three with the shot clock running out and just over two minutes left to play.
Amar'e scored on two critical jumpers in the fourth period to keep the Spurs at bay.
STAT gave the Suns a six-point lead with 4:36 left with a drive.
Amar'e scored from everywhere in the fourth quarter. This drive gave the Suns a six-point lead with 1:07 left.
Amar'e also threw down a dunk.
San Antonio's last hurrah came on this four-point play that allowed the Suns lead to shrink to two.
Nash played with one good eye very open and one eye going shut in the fourth quarter.
By the end of the game, Nash could barely open the eye at all.
Channing Frye rejected this shot by Tony Parker. Frye scored eight points including consecutive three-pointers that gave the Suns an 11-point advantage in the middle of the third period.
Equipment manager Jay Gaspar pumps his fist as the Suns bench erupts after another great play.
Amar'e tried to keep Tim Duncan off the boards in the closing seconds.
The bench is ready to storm the floor as the final rebound is secured.
Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich and Nash share a moment on the court after the Suns victory.
Spurs Hall of Famer David Robinson congratulates Gentry. Robinson played while Gentry was an assistant coach in San Antonio.
Nash and Tony Parker compare injuries after the game.
Grant Hill and Leandro Barbosa share a moment following the victory.
Head Coach Alvin Gentry is greeted by his team after the 107-101 win.
A battered but elated Suns playmaker makes his way into the locker room.
Gentry reminds his guys that their mission isn't over yet.
Amar'e and Co. are in the Western Conference Finals.
As is the custom after every game, the Suns huddle up.
STAT is all smiles after the Suns advanced with their sweep of the Spurs.
Goran Dragic and Jared Dudley enjoy their second-career playoff series win.
STAT talks to Suns President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Steve Kerr.
Gentry happily addresses the media after the sweep.
Nash and his eye take their turn.
Amar'e answers questions.
Off the team bus and onto the team plane... next stop is Phoenix.
Nash contacts friends and family on the team charter back to Phoenix.
Amar'e and Grant work the main aisle of the plane.
Hill grabs some food on the charter for his wife, Tamia, who celebrated her birthday on Mother's Day.