PHOENIX, May 22 (Ticker) -- The Phoenix Suns have some obvious shortcomings. But in Game 7s, they have been virtually flawless.

Directed by MVP Steve Nash, the Suns tied a team playoff-record with 15 3-pointers and won their second Game 7 of the postseason, returning to the Western Conference finals with a 127-107 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.

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Nash had 29 points and 11 assists for the second-seeded Suns, who have been pushed to the limit in each of their first two series but have emerged with convincing closing wins on their home floor. They will face the fourth-seeded Dallas Mavericks, who host Game 1 on Wednesday.

In the first round, Phoenix became the ninth team in history to erase a 3-1 deficit and win a series, roaring to a 121-90 win over the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 7. This one was not as overwhelming but just as effective.

"These guys have risen to the occasion every step of the way this year," Suns coach Mike D'Antoni said. "With Amare(Stoudemire) going down, with Game 7, overtime games. It has been wild. But there has never been one time where that locker room hasn't been solid and everybody together. We have had our ups and downs but resilience is the heart of intelligence."

Often overpowered on the interior in this series, the Suns stayed true to their style and fired early and often from the arc. They attempted 27 3-pointers, with six players making at least one. Meanwhile, the Clippers were 0-of-4 from the arc.

"For us, we don't shoot them if we aren't making them," Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy said. "We really didn't have any great looks. Our game is to get the ball in the paint and finish that way. When they can shoot the 3-pointer like the way they shot tonight, who can beat them? They get on a roll shooting the three, and in a one-game series, they can be unbeatable."

Overall, Phoenix shot a sizzling 60 percent (48-of-80), which may have been the result of fresh legs. After playing 13 games in 25 days, the Suns had three days off between Games 6 and 7.

Nash certainly appeared refreshed. Having looked tired at times in this series, he piloted the offense with precision, making 11-of-16 shots, including 4-of-5 from long range.

"I had time to work on some things I was struggling with," Nash said. "I got a chance to overcome some physical problems and I did feel better. If I didn't get a chance to work on some of my ailments, I probably wouldn't have played the way I did."

Shawn Marion made five 3-pointers and scored 30 points and Leandro Barbosa sank two and added 18 for the Suns, who never trailed after the first two minutes and led by double digits for the last 15 minutes.

"We weren't ready to go fishing yet," Marion said. "We got into the third quarter and the first five minutes we opened the game up and never looked back. The rest helped. Our legs were there and everybody was knocking down threes. I think we had a little more energy."

"The biggest thing is we wish they didn't get any rest," Clippers forward Corey Maggette said. "They came out blazing. The MVP played extremely well and Marion (was) shooting the 3-pointer. He hadn't been hitting any and tonight he had a great game."

Mike D'Antoni used seven players and all seven scored in double figures. Tim Thomas scored 16 points, Boris Diaw added 14 and Raja Bell and James Jones 10 apiece.

"We came out sharing the ball," Bell said. "Steve was committed to really take over the game. He led us and we followed."

Los Angeles forward Elton Brand again was unstoppable, scoring 36 points on 16-of-26 shooting. Maggette added 18 points and fellow reserve Shaun Livingston 14 for the Clippers, who saw their best season in franchise history end on a sour note.

"It was a coming-out party for myself and teammates," Brand said. "We played well, we surprised some teams and we are only going to get better. We have a lot of young guys on the team and we are going to improve."

Ending a nine-year playoff drought, the Clippers won a best-of-seven series for the first time and came within one win of their first trip to the conference finals.

"We hurt right now but we feel good about what we accomplished. We know we have done a lot of good things," Dunleavy said. "We reached a lot of our goals on the season. Our first goal was a big deal. Nobody believed we could get into the playoffs. The second was getting home court. The third was winning a series."

"I'm proud of my guys in this locker," Clippers guard Sam Cassell said. "No one thought we could get this far. We lost. It's definitely devastating. But this team can hold their heads up high and walk around the city of Los Angeles with some pride."

The Suns erased an early 4-0 hole with an 18-6 run that featured three 3-pointers. The Clippers rallied for a 28-28 tie, but Jones made two free throws and Barbosa added a bucket to close the first quarter and give Phoenix the lead for good.

Nash and Marion made 3-pointers to push the lead to 63-53 late in the first half. A pair of 3-pointers by Barbosa fueled a 12-4 surge to cap the third quarter and extend the advantage to 94-79.