Suns sweep Spurs to reach Western conference finals

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PHOENIX - The Phoenix Suns swept away seven years of bad playoff memories brought by the San Antonio Spurs.

Steve Nash scored 20 points and played with a right eye that was swollen shut as Phoenix swept San Antonio from the Western Conference semifinals with a 107-101 win Sunday night. Amare Stoudemire led the way with 29 points to help the Suns get past the Spurs in the playoffs for the first time in five tries.

Nash's right eye needed six stitches after taking an errant elbow from Tim Duncan.

Meanwhile, one of the more remarkable stories of the playoffs continues. Three months after Phoenix was on the brink of trading

Stoudemire and calling it a season, the Suns are returning to the West finals for the first time since 2006.