Suns level series
The Phoenix Suns defeat the Spurs while the Cavs beat the Nets.
Last Modified: 09 May 2007 13:24 GMT
The Spurs looking to rediscover their form at home in Game Three [GALLO/GETTY]
The Phoenix Suns have defeated the San Antonio Spurs 101-81 to even the Western Conference semi-finals to a game apiece.
The home side were lead to victory in the second half by Amare Stoudemire who scored 21 of his 27 points after the long break, he was ably supported in the scoring stakes by Raja Bell who added 18 points.
Steve Nash, who cut his nose and missed a critical 45 seconds at the end of Game 1, added 20 points and 16 assists as the Suns beat the Spurs in a playoff game in Phoenix for the first time in five games dating to 2005.
Tim Duncan scored 29 points despite foul trouble for San Antonio.

But unlike Game 1, he got little help from his teammates while the Suns spread around the scoring.

New Suns starter Kurt Thomas added 12 points on 6-of-7 shooting in 28

The Spurs' Tony Parker managed only 13 on 5-of-14 shooting.

Bruce Bowen also scored 13 and Manu Ginobili 11.

Game 3 is Saturday in San Antonio.

Cavaliers 102, Nets 92

At Cleveland, second half scoring also proved decisive as All-Star LeBron James scored 25 of his 36 points in the second stanza as Cleveland beat New Jersey to open a 2-0 lead in the NBA Eastern Conference semifinals.

James added 12 assists and Sasha Pavlovic scored a career playoff-high 17 points for the Cavaliers, who later this week will head to New Jersey for Game 3 with a commanding lead in the best-of-seven series.

This is unfamiliar territory for Cleveland, which has never been up by two
games in the semifinals.

But with James around, anything could be possible for the Cavs, who have never been to the NBA finals.

Although the Nets shot well (53 percent), they were outrebounded 49-32.

Vince Carter scored 26 points to lead the Nets, but for the second straight game he struggled from the floor. Carter was just 10-for-26 and missed two key shots in the final two minutes when New Jersey was still close.

Richard Jefferson scored 22 and Jason Kidd had 17 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists for the Nets.

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