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Steve Nash and Jason Richardson scored 19 points apiece and Grant Hill added 18 in a grind it out game played at the Spurs pace until the Suns started hitting three pointers. After starting 1 of 7 from long range, Phoenix made eight of its next 12.
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Tim Duncan had 29 points and 10 rebounds and Richard Jefferson rebounded from a poor Game 1 with 18 points and 10 boards for San Antonio. Tony Parker added 20 points for the Spurs.
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The best of seven series shifts to San Antonio for Game 3 on Friday night.
have to say the impressive thing to me with the win was the team effort, Nash said. many guys made plays for our team tonight, and I can remember really being a part of a team that had so many guys step up and play well. Ginobili, guarded mainly by Hill, was 2 of 8 from the field, including just 1 of 2 in the second half, but had 11 assists for San Antonio. Hill also made two big shots down the stretch.
Hill never ceases to amaze me, Phoenix coach Alvin Gentry said. a 37 year old he hates when I say that. Here a guy who plays on our team that been in the league for a long, long time. He just does a good job. Everything we ask him to do, never complains. He always on the best perimeter player. He never complains. He just plays. He forever be my favorite player. He really will.
Boston Celtics big men Kevin Garnett and Kendrick Perkins skipped practice with injuries, but coach Doc Rivers said he expects both to play in Game 3 against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The series is tied 1 1.
Kobe Bryant is on the NBA all defensive first team for the fifth straight year. Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo made the first team for the first time, earning the second most points behind the league defensive player of the year, Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard. Charlotte Bobcats forward Gerald Wallace also made the team for the first time, with the Cleveland Cavaliers LeBron James making it for the second straight year.