Parker Nets 41, Spurs Near Sweep of Suns
Phoenix picks bad time for its first 3-game losing streak
By Mike Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 26, 2008 1:06 AM CDT
Phoenix Suns' Amare Stoudemire, left, and Raja Bell sit on the bench in the closing moments of the fourth quarter of their team's 115-99 loss on Friday, April 25, 2008, in Phoenix.   (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
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(Newser) – The San Antonio-Phoenix series was supposed to be a spectacular first-round matchup of potential NBA champions. Instead, it's become a Spurs smackdown. Tony Parker had a career-high 41 points along with 12 assists and San Antonio routed the Suns 115-99 on Friday night to take a 3-0 series lead. It's the first three-game losing streak for the Suns this season.

The defending NBA champion Spurs never trailed in winning their ninth consecutive playoff game and 13th of 14, dating to last season. They can complete the sweep on Sunday in Phoenix. No NBA team has come back from 0-3 to win a series. Tim Duncan added 23 points and 10 rebounds and Manu Ginobili scored 20.