NBA Game Summary - Phoenix at San Antonio
(Monday, December 17th)
Final Score: Phoenix 100, San Antonio 95
San Antonio, TX (Sports Network) - Grant Hill scored 22 points and pulled down seven rebounds and the Phoenix Suns overcame a monster night from Tim Duncan to escape with a 100-95 victory over the San Antonio Spurs at the AT&T Center.
Phoenix got 18 points from Leandro Barbosa and 17 and six rebounds from Amare Stoudemire en route to its first win in San Antonio since March of 2003 in a rematch of the hotly contested 2007 Western Conference semifinal series.
Duncan went for 36 points and 17 rebounds, but the Spurs, who were missing point guard Tony Parker because of a nagging ankle injury, lost for the third time in four games and for the first time at home this season.
A pair of Duncan free throws tied the game at 90 with 1:55 to go, but Steve Nash then drove the lane and dished for a Stoudemire dunk to put Phoenix up two. Michael Finley gave the Spurs a 93-92 edge with a three-pointer, and San Antonio had a chance to go up three or four following a moving screen called on Stoudemire at the other end.
But Stoudemire stripped Duncan, leading to a leaning jumper from Hill in transition that put the Suns back up 94-93 with 40 ticks on the clock. Manu Ginobili answered by hitting a tear-drop over the outstretched hand of Shawn Marion, but Stoudemire swallowed up an offensive board at the other end and drew a foul on the floor from Bruce Bowen. He then hit both free throws, forcing San Antonio to call a timeout, trailing by one with 17 seconds to go.
The Spurs got a clean look on the ensuing possession, but Bowen misfired on a three from the corner and Hill corralled the rebound, then calmly drained both free throws to extend the Suns lead to 98-95 with 9.9 seconds left.
On the last-gasp possession, Ginobili was stripped clean by the just-inserted Boris Diaw, who was then fouled with a clear path to the basket by Matt Bonner. The whistle gave Phoenix two free throws and the ball, and when Diaw hit one-of-two, the Spurs, down four with under six seconds left, were done.
Diaw finished with 11 points, five rebounds and six assists, while Nash, despite an off shooting night, had 10 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds.
"We just had some bad possessions down the stretch and it started with me losing that pass," Duncan lamented. "I just didn�t get it were I wanted and lost control of it. I'd rather have less points than that and have a win. Especially here at home. But it is what it is. Sometimes the breaks just don�t go your way."
Ginobili had 18 for the Spurs and Finley added 15, while Jacque Vaughn, starting in the place of Parker, scored 14 and handed out four assists.
"Tonight I didn't have any concern about our team's effort," said Hill. "We knew the Spurs would be ready to play and we knew we would have to match their level of basketball. The Spurs are a professional team and they are a great team. Just because Tony Parker is out right now doesn't mean we can let our guard down."
Phoenix led 26-20 after the first despite a 10-point effort from Duncan. The Suns extended that edge to as many as nine midway through the second, but Duncan continued to dominate in the paint and San Antonio trailed by just one, 51-50, at halftime.
A 6-0 Suns run to close the third quarter - capped by Hill's fallaway jumper - gave Phoenix a 74-67 cushion heading into the final stanza. But the Spurs quickly closed the gap and neither team led by more than two points after the 10-minute mark of the fourth quarter until Hill bagged the two free throws with less than 10 seconds on the clock.
Phoenix had lost seven in a row in San Antonio, and 12 of 13 overall...With the win, the Suns improved to 11-4 on the road and 18-7 overall this season...Duncan had 24 points and 12 rebounds in the first half...San Antonio outrebounded the Suns, 49-38, but also committed 14 turnovers.
12/18 01:27:43 ET