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Phoenix wins series 4-2 (Game 1 of 6)

Phoenix wins series 4-2

Game 1: Sunday, April 18th
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Suns100
Game 2: Tuesday, April 20th
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Suns119
Game 3: Thursday, April 22nd
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Trail Blazers89
Game 4: Saturday, April 24th
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Trail Blazers96
Game 5: Monday, April 26th
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Suns107
Game 6: Thursday, April 29th
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Trail Blazers 105

(50-32, 24-17 away)

Suns 100

(54-28, 32-9 home)

    Coverage: TNT

    10:30 PM ET, April 18, 2010

    US Airways Center, Phoenix, AZ

    1 2 3 4 T
    POR 25 19 26 35105
    PHX 24 19 29 28100

    Top Performers

    Portland: A. Miller 31 Pts, 5 Reb, 8 Ast, 3 Stl

    Phoenix: S. Nash 25 Pts, 1 Reb, 9 Ast, 1 Stl

    Miller scores 31 points as Blazers steal Game 1 from Suns

    Associated Press

    PHOENIX -- Brandon Roy or no Brandon Roy, the Portland Trail Blazers give the Phoenix Suns fits.

    Game 1 of their first-round playoff series was no exception, and the homecourt advantage the Suns worked so hard to get is history after Portland pulled away over the final 4 1/2 minutes to beat them 105-100 on Sunday night.

    Andre Miller scored 15 points in the fourth quarter and tied his career playoff high with 31 points as Portland made Phoenix the only home team to lose in a playoff opener.

    "We have done this all season long," Blazers coach Nate McMillan said.

    LaMarcus Aldridge added 22 points and Nicolas Batum 18 for Portland in a game played in the methodical style the Blazers wanted. Jerryd Bayless also had 18 for the Blazers, 10 in the fourth quarter, but missed two free throws with 12.2 seconds left to give Phoenix a shot to tie. Steve Nash's 3-point try was well short, though, and Miller's two free throws iced the victory.

    "We just didn't play well enough," Nash said. "I thought we were a shade of ourselves. We've got a lot of improving to do if we want to win the series.'

    Marcus Camby grabbed 17 rebounds for Portland, two off his career playoff best.

    "They were probably the hottest team in the league at the end of the season, but we're a pretty good road team ourselves," Camby said. "We came out here without our best player and guys stepped in and contributed real well."

    The Suns won 14 of their last 16, including the final eight at home, and the Blazers were well aware that they had been written off when Roy went down.

    "Watching the news, people were asking them [the Suns] who they'd rather play in the second round," Camby said, "but we're still here."

    Roy is out for the series after arthroscopic knee surgery, and the Blazers lost Greg Oden and Joel Przybilla earlier in the season. But Portland won two of three against the Suns, including a win at Phoenix when the Blazers didn't have Roy.

    Miller was in his attack mode from the start, but found another gear in the final quarter.

    "We talked about forcing the issue a little bit and not relying on jump shots," he said. "We tried to contain them as far as keeping them out of the paint and forcing them to take 3s. And on the other end, we tried not to fall into that trap of taking jump shots and letting them start running."

    The Suns, the NBA's highest-scoring team at 110 points per game, never got into that fluid style but still led 87-85 after Stoudemire's 16-footer with 4:57 to play.

    Miller, though, made his only 3-point attempt of the night to put Portland ahead for good 88-87 4:28 from the finish, then Aldridge sank two free throws to make it 90-87 with 4:12 remaining. Nash's 22-footer cut it to 90-89, but Miller made two free throws, Aldridge tipped one in over Stoudemire, and Portland was up 94-89 with 3:37 left.

    Nash's 3-pointer briefly cut the lead to 94-92, but Batum responded with a 3 of his own 17 seconds later and Bayless made two free throws to put the Blazers up 99-92 with 1:29 to go.

    The Suns missed repeated 3s before Jason Richardson finally made one to cut it to 103-100 with 12.5. After Bayless missed two free throws, Nash dribbled upcourt and let it fly, but his shot was not even close.

    Phoenix shot just 42 percent and was 9 of 24 in the final quarter, including 3 of 13 on 3s.

    "I thought we didn't push the ball on them or impose our will on them as much as we have to," Suns coach Alvin Gentry said. "We had four fastbreak points and obviously that's an area we have to get better in."

    Gentry said Stoudemire is up against a tough defender in Camby.

    "Amare is going to have to step it up and find ways to score for us and we've got to try to get the ball in a good location," Gentry said.

    Stoudemire said the Blazers "did a great job of playing boxing and elbows -- they did a phenomenal job defensively."

    "They clogged up the lane there a little bit,so it was kind of difficult to get into our offense," he said.

    Leandro Barbosa scored 13 in eight minutes in the first half, when he made all five of his shots, three of them 3s. He was scoreless in the second half.

    Game notes


    The Trail Blazers are 9-9 without Roy this season. ... Portland had lost its last five opening playoff games, and their last 18 that were on the road. ... The Suns' Grant Hill and Jason Richardson were a combined 1 of 10 shooting in the first half and finished 4 of 21. Jared Dudley, fourth in the NBA in 3-point percentage in the regular season (46 percent), was 1 of 5 from long range. ... Barbosa scored 13, all in the first half. He missed 15 games following wrist surgery before returning March 26.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    POR
    PHX
    Points 105 100
    FGM-FGA 38-81 (.469) 38-91 (.418)
    3PM-3PA 6-17 (.353) 11-32 (.344)
    FTM-FTA 23-31 (.742) 13-16 (.813)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 10-44 17-47
    Assists 16 20
    Turnovers 11 12
    Steals 5 1
    Blocks 7 4
    Fast Break Points 10 4
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 19 (0/0) 25 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 9 5

    Top Performers

    Portland
    Phoenix
    Andre Miller Miller
    Points: 31
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 8
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 0
    Steve Nash Nash
    Points: 25
    Reb: 1
    Ast: 9
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0