Diaw Has Near Triple-Double in Suns Rout

Phoenix avoids series sweep by defending champion San Antonio
By Mike Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 28, 2008 3:05 AM CDT
Diaw Has Near Triple-Double in Suns Rout
San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker, left, gets fouled by Phoenix Suns' Boris Diaw, in the second quarter of Game 4 of an NBA first-round playoff series Sunday, April 27, 2008, in Phoenix.   (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Boris Diaw had 20 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists in one of the best playoff performances of his career, and the Phoenix Suns stayed alive with a 105-86 rout of San Antonio on Sunday. Diaw, starting in place of injured Grant Hill, also led the Suns' vastly improved defense, guarding the Spurs’ Tony Parker much of the game.

Raja Bell scored 21 of his 27 points in a dominant first half to help Phoenix bring a one-sided end to the defending NBA champions' nine-game playoff winning streak. The Suns were 11-0 in the regular season when Bell scored at least 20. Phoenix still trails the first-round series 3-1, with Game 5 on Tuesday night in San Antonio. (More basketball stories.)

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