Spurs Win First Round Series Against Suns

Defending champs win game 5 on strong play from stars
By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 30, 2008 12:29 AM CDT
San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker, of France, right, and guard Manu Ginobili, of Argentina, left, embrace during the final moments of the fourth quarter of Game 5.   (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
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(Newser) – Tony Parker scored 31 points, Tim Duncan added 29 points and 17 rebounds, and the San Antonio Spurs advanced to the Western Conference semifinals with a 92-87 Game 5 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night. The third-seeded Spurs will meet the No. 2 seed Hornets in a second-round series that begins Saturday at New Orleans.

The Hornets finished off their series with the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday, also in five games. Boris Diaw, who had a near triple-double in the Suns' rout of the Spurs in Game 4, led the Suns with 22 points. Four other players scored in the double digits, but the Suns had a number of costly turnovers down the stretch and were sent home yet again by the Spurs.