PHOENIX, May 1 (UPI) -- Tim Duncan's passing in the fourth quarter led to a flurry of three-pointers Thursday night that gave the San Antonio Spurs an 87-85 victory over the Phoenix Suns and closed out their first-round series in six games.
The top-seeded Spurs advanced to the conference semifinals for the third straight season and will take on the Los Angeles Lakers. San Antonio will have home-court advantage throughout the playoffs.
Duncan had 15 points, 20 rebounds and 10 assists for his second career postseason triple-double, adding four blocks. He did not score in the fourth quarter but controlled the game as he repeatedly passed out of swarming double-teams to open temmates on the perimeter.
On four straight possessions midway through the final period, the Spurs made shots from beyond the arc. They turned a two-point deficit into an 81-74 lead with 3:48 to play.
Two of the three-pointers came from rookie Manu Ginobili and the other two from Stephen Jackson, who scored 11 of his 21 points in the final six minutes. His layup at the 2:21 mark gave San Antonio an 83-76 advantage.
Jackson, a former Phoenix draft pick, made three free throws in the final 30 seconds to hold off the pesky Suns.
Shawn Marion had 24 points and 15 rebounds for eighth-seeded Phoenix, which beat San Antonio three times during the regular season and threw a scare into the Spurs in this series.