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Spurs on brink of NBA series win
Tony Parker's 41 points puts San Antonio one win away from Conference semi-finals.
Last Modified: 26 Apr 2008 07:46 GMT

San Antonio's Tony Parker, left, takes it to the hoop during his career-high 41-point game [GALLO/GETTY]

Tony Parker, San Antonio guard, scored a career-high 41 points to guide his team to a 115-99 win over the Phoenix Suns, giving the Spurs a commanding 3-0 lead in their best-of-seven NBA Western Conference series.
San Antonio, defending NBA champions, can wrap up the series with victory in Game four in Phoenix on Sunday, and history shows that no NBA team has won a best-of-seven series after trailing 0-3.
"We possibly played our best game of the year," Gregg Popovich, Spurs coach, told reporters.

"Tony [Parker] looked aggressive and did a great job at both ends of the floor. He's just been phenomenal."

Tim Duncan added 23 points and 10 rebounds and Manu Ginobili scored 20 points for the Spurs, giving them their ninth post-season win in a row.

"We possibly played our best game of the year."

Gregg Popovich,
Spurs coach
For the Suns, Shaquille O'Neal had 19 points and Steve Nash was held to seven as Phoenix fans booed the team at the end of the game.

"Whatever we tried to do they seemed like they had an answer and Tony Parker obviously was terrific," Mike D'Antoni, Suns coach, said.

Parker said a four-game sweep would be difficult.

"We're going to try our best," the Frenchman told reporters.

"But they will play like they have nothing to lose and we just have to give at least a good effort and play good basketball."

Also on Friday the Dallas Mavericks beat the New Orleans Hornets 97-87 largely thanks to Dirk Nowitzki's 36 points, 19 rebounds and six assists for their first win after back-to-back losses in the opening games of their series.

The Philadelphia 76ers crushed the Detroit Pistons 95-75 to open a 2-1 lead in their Eastern Conference series.

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