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NBA Playoffs Suns Spurs Game 3: Goran Dragic just happened

May 8, 2010, 12:43 AM EDT

No one saw this coming.

Goran Dragic went absolutely nova in the fourth quarter, scoring 23 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter, destroying the vaunted Spurs’ defense in route to a 110-96 win for the Suns in Game 3 Friday night. The Phoenix Suns, with all their tortured history against this team, with all their questions, and with low expectations coming into the preseason, now find themselves with a 3-0 series lead and a chance to eliminate the spectre of failure that has haunted them in the playoffs against their rival.

The Suns went down by 18 early, but found themselves back within range by the half. Thanks to a second half push and big contributions from their bench, including Leandro Barbosa who chipped in 13 points. But really, Dragic was the catalyst.

And it wasn’t just offensively. Tony Parker wound up with 17 shots, hitting only five, and he was largely the player trying to initiate offense in the second half, despite his physical limitations due to the injuries he sustained all year and Dragic’ edge on him athletically. The result was sloppy Spurs’ possessions we’ve never seen from a Duncan team in the playoffs and opportunities for the Suns to take it to them on the other end.

Speaking of Duncan, he had only 9 shots, while Matt Bonner had 6. Bonner also added fourteen to five hundred blown assignments. I lost track at one point. Needless to say, the “Matt Bonner blown defensive assignment” drinking game is a painful game to play.

Steve Nash played only the final four minutes of the fourth. Amar’e Stoudemire didn’t play a single minute.

This ain’t your older brother’s Suns team. But it is your grandmother’s Spurs team.

If any team can overcome a 3-0 deficit to crush another team’s soul, it’s the Spurs. But so far in this series, it’s been the Suns with all the answers.

Rob Mahoney will have more answers about this series later today.

  1. Vito - May 8, 2010 at 9:43 AM

    Payback time, and the suns didn’t have to be dirty either(Spurs fans you know who I’m referring to).Manu went down swinging but the rest of his team seems like they’ve already got their fishing licenses. Goran Dragic went absolutely nuts on them. Sucks for you when Amare doesn’t even have to come into the game in Q4.Sad to see such worthy opponents (in the past) go down like little biatches. I know the series isn’t over yet…..but it’s over. Bring on the Lakers!

  2. Jeff - May 8, 2010 at 10:06 AM

    Wow !!! as a suns fan I was very skeptical about this series. With all the history between the two teams,and the suns lack of success against the spurs.I must say I didn’t expect a 3-0 lead for the suns. I have to believe the spurs will take at least one game. Having said that I guess it’s true. You can only pick on your little brother so long. Eventually he grows up,and returns the favor. Go Suns!!!!

  3. adam - May 8, 2010 at 2:55 PM

    I was surpised to see the suns stick with them the whole game. I think the suns can take the lakers since they have been able to keep ahead of the spurs on sub-par performances, especially if Robin Lopez is back in the line up. Ill go out on a limb and say it will be the suns-cavs for the finals.

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