SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Tim Duncan had 33 points — 13 in the fourth quarter — and 19 rebounds to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a 108-101 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Saturday night and a 2-1 lead in the second-round series.
Manu Ginobili also had the kind of night San Antonio needed after poor performances in Games 1 and 2. Despite a bloodied eye, he had 24 points, including 10 in less than 2 minutes in the third quarter.
Phoenix point guard Steve Nash was scoreless in the first half and finished with 16 points. He had 10 points in the fourth, but it wasn’t enough as the Suns got as close as 99-93 with 3:22 left and 104-98 with 1:42 to go.
Game 4 is Monday night in San Antonio.
Shawn Marion led the Suns with 26 points. Amare Stoudemire finished with 21, but was in foul trouble for most of the second half. Nash also had 11 assists.
Bruce Bowen’s 3-pointer with 8 minutes left in the third was the go-ahead basket for San Antonio and gave it a 62-60 lead.