Suns rise in final minute of Game 4
San Antonio, TX (Sports Network) – Steve Nash used a pair of behind-the-back
passes to feed Amare Stoudemire for two baskets in the final minute, as the
Suns rallied to beat San Antonio, 104-98, in an ugly finish to even their
Western Conference semifinal series after four games.
Nash scored 24 points and dished out 15 assists, but also had eight turnovers,
as Phoenix rallied from an 11-point deficit in the third quarter and used a
12-1 run to the end the game.
Stoudemire, who had called the Spurs a dirty team earlier in this series, saw
Nash knocked to the floor by a forearm from Robert Horry with 18.2 seconds
left. Horry was ejected for a flagrant foul call, and players from both teams
had to be coaxed back to their respective sides.
Stoudemire had 26 points and nine rebounds, while Shawn Marion ended with 12
points and 12 boards for the Suns.
Tony Parker scored 23 and Tim Duncan ended with 21 and 11 rebounds in a losing
cause, as the Spurs missed their final six shots while the Suns made their
last five from the field.
Game 5 of the best-of-seven series is Wednesday night in Phoenix.