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Duncan leads Spurs to win in Phoenix

AP , PHOENIX

Tim Duncan had 33 points and 16 rebounds -- eight offensive -- and Tony Parker added 32 points to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a 111-106 victory on Sunday over the Phoenix Suns in the opening game of their second-round NBA playoff series.

Steve Nash scored 31 for Phoenix but missed a crucial 45 seconds in the final minute because of a bloody cut on his nose, the result of a head-on collision with Parker with 2:53 to play.

Michael Finley added 19 points for San Antonio, which with the victory has home-court advantage the rest of the series.

Amare Stoudemire had 20 points and 18 rebounds but was just 6-of-19 shooting. Leandro Barbosa scored 18 points for the Suns.

Cavaliers 81, Nets 77

In Cleveland, LeBron James fought off a cold and scored 21 points, leading the Cavaliers past the Nets in the first game of their quarter-final series.

The Cavaliers came in well rested after their four-game sweep of Washington in the first round, and they needed every ounce of energy to hold off the Nets, who pulled within 79-77 on Vince Carter's two free throws with 19.5 seconds left.

But James, who came down with a cold during Cleveland's time off, scored on a tough drive to put Cleveland up by four, and on New Jersey's final possession, the Cavaliers never allowed the Nets to get a good look at the basket.

Cleveland held New Jersey to 37 percent shooting and outrebounded the Nets 51-37.

Larry Hughes added 17 points and Sasha Pavlovic a playoff career-high 15 for the Cavs, who will host Game 2 on Tuesday night.

Vince Carter's 23 points led New Jersey, but Jason Kidd, who averaged a triple-double in the Nets' opening-round win over Toronto, had just seven on 2-of-11 shooting.

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