|NBA Playoff Capsules|
|Written by Admin|
|Sunday, 06 May 2007 13:06|
PHOENIX (AP) -The San Antonio Spurs left the Phoenix Suns bloodied and beaten in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals.|
Tim Duncan had 33 points and 16 rebounds - eight offensive - and Tony Parker added 32 points to lead the Spurs to a rough-and-tumble 111-106 victory on Sunday.
Steve Nash scored 31 for Phoenix but missed a crucial 45 seconds in the final minute because of a bloody cut on his nose, the result of a head-on collision with Parker with 2:53 to play.
Michael Finley added 19 points for San Antonio, which with the victory has home-court advantage the rest of the series.
Amare Stoudemire had 20 points and 18 rebounds but was just 6-of-19 shooting. Leandro Barbosa scored 18 points for the Suns. Shawn Marion, after a slow start, scored 16, 11 in the final quarter.
Game 2 is Tuesday night in Phoenix.
Cavaliers 81, Nets 77
CLEVELAND (AP) - Cleveland's defense kept New Jersey's Big 3 from getting into an offensive flow and LeBron James scored 21 points despite a cold in the opener of the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Cleveland held New Jersey to 37 percent shooting and outrebounded the Nets 51-37.
Larry Hughes added 17 points and Sasha Pavlovic a playoff career-high 15 for the Cavs, who will host Game 2 on Tuesday night.
Vince Carter's 23 points led New Jersey, but Jason Kidd, who averaged a triple-double in the Nets' opening-round win over Toronto, had just seven on 2-of-11 shooting. Richard Jefferson, the third wheel in New Jersey's offensive machine, added 16 points.
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