PHOENIX — Los Suns ganaron. That means the Suns won.
Amare Stoudemire had 23 points and 11 rebounds, Channing Frye made 5 of 6 3-pointers, and Phoenix, wearing its orange “Los Suns’’ jerseys in part to protest Arizona’s new anti-immigration law, pulled away for a 110-102 victory over the San Antonio Spurs last night, taking a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference semifinals.
Steve Nash and Jason Richardson scored 19 apiece and Grant Hill added 18 in a grind-it-out game played at the Spurs’ pace until the Suns started hitting 3-pointers. After starting 1 of 7 from long range Phoenix made eight of its next 12.
Tim Duncan had 29 points and 10 rebounds and Richard Jefferson rebounded from a poor Game 1 with 18 points and 10 boards for San Antonio. Tony Parker added 20 points for the Spurs.
The best-of-seven series shifts to San Antonio for Game 3 tomorrow night.
Manu Ginobili, guarded mainly by Hill, was 2 of 8 from the field, including just 1 of 2 in the second half, but had 11 assists for San Antonio.
The Spurs outshot Phoenix, 51 percent to 42 percent, but the Suns outrebounded taller San Antonio, 49-37, 18-7 on the offensive boards. Stoudemire made just 5 of 16 shots but was 11 of 13 at the free throw line. The Suns outscored the Spurs by 14 at the line, going 29 of 37 to San Antonio’s 15 of 22.
Referee Ron Garretson left the game after the third quarter with a leg injury. Fellow ref Joey Crawford said Garretson injured his Achilles’ tendon. Substitute referee David Jones worked the final quarter.
Parker’s 3-pointer and Duncan’s rebound dunk cut the Suns’ lead to 103-97 with 2 1/2 minutes to go, but Nash floated in an underhanded lefthanded bank shot and Richardson hit a 17-footer to end the comeback.