2008 Playoffs: Suns @ Spurs, Game 5 April 29, 2008
April 29, 2008
Boris Diaw signs some autographs for Suns fans outside the hotel prior to leaving for AT&T Center and Game 5 against the Spurs.
Shaquille O'Neal arrives at the AT&T Center in San Antonio for Game 5.
After surviving in Game 4, Steve Nash is again looking to avoid postseason elimination in Game 5.
Nash's jersey awaits its user.
STAT will soon be lacing them up for Game 5.
Kevin Ray interviews Amare Stoudemire before the Suns take the floor.
Brian Skinner and assistant coach Dan D'Antoni go over details.
Diaw knows he will need to step up as he again gets the start for an injured Grant Hill.
The Suns prepare to take the court.
Nash takes the floor for the second straight elimination game.
Stoudemire and O'Neal enjoy a moment while heading for the court.
STAT works on a little defense during pregame warmups.
Skinner stretches with the help of trainer Mike Elliot.
STAT relaxes on the scorer's table prior to the game.
Mike D'Antoni relaxes a bit before the game.
The Diesel is ready to go.
Steve Nash and Tim Duncan exchange pleasentries at the captains meeting.
Boris Diaw was once again the go-to guy for the Suns in the first quarter. Diaw scored eight points, handed out three assists and pulled down two rebounds in the quarter.
Amare Stoudemire made his presence felt early.
Shaquille O'Neal was the recipient of a Diaw assist but the Suns found themselves trailing after the first quarter 30-26.
Amare gave the Suns their first lead at 41-40 with five minutes to go in the half.
Diaw followed with another score to give the Suns a three-point lead.
Amare helped on Tony Parker with this block but Parker scored seven points during a Spurs 14-2 run to end the half for a 54-45 halftime lead.
Nash checked out the scoreboard as the Suns took the lead in the third period.
The Suns kept the Spurs away from the basket in the third period and hold the Spurs to 15 points.
Shaq turned away Duncan and the Suns took a three point lead, 72-69, into the fourth period.
The Spurs took the lead back early in the fourth quarter but when Nash hit a three pointer the game was tied at 85.
With the big three of Parker, Duncan, and Ginobili scoring 21 of the 23 fourth quarter points, the Spurs took a three point lead. Parker finished with 31 points, Duncan 29.
A crucial turnover turns the favor in San Antonio.
Mike D'Antoni argues the call.
The AT&T Center in San Antonio again proved to be the end of the line for the Suns.
Shaq and Duncan show their mutual respect for one another following Phoenix's 92-87 loss.
STAT was left to wonder how another close one got away.
As the Spurs celebrate, Steve Nash leaves the court.
Raja Bell answers questions after the Suns were eliminated in Game 5.
STAT answers some tough questions before the team returns to Phoenix.
Nash was polite but dejected after the game.