Spurs Down Suns, Take 2-0 Series Lead

Parker scores 32 in victory
By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 23, 2008 12:05 AM CDT
San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan (21) goes up against Phoenix Suns center Shaquille O'Neal during the first quarter in Game 2 of an NBA Western Conference playoff basketball series in San Antonio.   (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
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(Newser) – Tony Parker scored 32 points to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a 102-96 victory over Phoenix in Game 2 on Tuesday night after the Suns gave away another double-digit, first-half lead. The Spurs were down by as many as 14 in the first half before outscoring Phoenix 27-11 in the third quarter.

The Spurs still had to withstand a fourth-quarter surge that got the Suns within five points with 14 seconds to play, but the defending champions now head to Arizona for Friday's Game 3 with a 2-0 lead and home-court advantage in tact. Amare Stoudemire led the Suns with 33 points. Tim Duncan finished with 18 points and 17 rebounds.