- The Washington Times - Monday, April 28, 2008

From combined dispatches

Suns 105, Spurs 86

PHOENIX — There was no San Antonio sweep, not even close.

Boris Diaw had 20 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists in one of the best playoff performances of his career as Phoenix stayed alive with a rout of the Spurs yesterday.

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 tomorrow night in San Antonio. No NBA team has come back from a 3-0 deficit to win a series.

Steve Nash and Leandro Barbosa scored 15 apiece for the Suns. Shaquille O’Neal had 14 points and 12 rebounds.

Phoenix coach Mike D’Antoni drew two technicals and was ejected with 3:38 left and his team up 104-80.

Diaw, starting in place of injured Grant Hill, also led the Suns’ vastly improved defense, guarding his good friend and fellow Frenchman Tony Parker much of the game.

Parker, who scored a career-high 41 in Game 3 and was averaging 33.0 in the series, led San Antonio with 18 points, and Manu Ginobili scored 10.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich threw in the towel by benching both of them along with Tim Duncan late in the third quarter.

Pistons 93, 76ers 84

PHILADELPHIA — The Detroit Pistons squashed all that chatter about heading home with a series deficit.

Tayshaun Prince scored 23 points on 11-for-12 shooting as Detroit played with a purpose and dominated the second half to beat Philadelphia, tying their best-of-seven Eastern Conference playoff series at 2-2.

Game 5 is tomorrow night at Detroit.

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