RND 2, GM 1:: Nash Lifts Suns with 33

By mrehome

Steve Nash torched the Spurs going for 33 points in game one.(Photo Courtesy: Yardbarker.com)


San Antonio Spurs started their round 2 match-up against the Phoenix Suns on the road, in the desert.  As it was in the Dallas series the Spurs had to stop their opponent from jumping off to a good start.  For the Suns, Spurs know their Run and Gun style and feel that they need to put this game at their own pace or this could be a long, long series for the silver and black.

To start, Steve Nash showed that he was not bothered by his bum hip and leaving the Spurs with the question, who can we stick on Nash to guard him up and down the floor.  A game that Phoenix took control on at the start, Spurs though did make it a game but how long did that last?

Ginobili led the way for San Antoino with 27 points.(Photo Courtesty: Yardbarker.com)

Gentry elected to give his starters extended rest, a routine strategy that has worked well for the Suns.

But not this time.

While Nash and Richardson waited to re-enter, the Spurs knocked the lead down to 94-86 midway through the final quarter.

Even with the starters back in, the Suns struggled to re-gain their rhythm.

With Duncan, Parker and Ginobili leading the way, the Spurs cut the Suns’ lead to just 94-93.  As they were on a 12-0 run with 4:26 left.

Richardson whom I felt would be the X-factor in this game hit a big three pointer to put the Suns up 103-95 with just over a minute left.

Suns would take game one, 111 to 102.  Nash would finish with a game high 33 points and 10 assists to lead Phoenix’s big three.  Richardson finished with 27 and Amare Stoudemire with 23.

On San Antonio’s front,  the big three would do their work with little help from the rest of their crew.  Ginobili would lead the team with 27.  Parker finished with 26 and Duncan with 20.

Game two will be Wednesday night at 9:00 PM EST on TNT.

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