Next up: The Phoenix Suns

The San Antonio Spurs don’t have to go back to Denver. They’re headed to the Western Conference semifinals. With Michael Finley leading the way from behind the 3-point line, the Spurs beat the Denver Nuggets 93-78 on Wednesday night to win their first-round series in five games. After losing the opening game at home, the Spurs won four straight, ensuring themselves of at least a few days’ rest before the second round gets under way against the Phoenix Suns. Michael Finley was 8-for-9 from 3-point range in the Spurs win which ties the NBA “record” for most 3-pointers made in a game for a player on a team which eliminated an opponent from a playoff series. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich called Finley’s performance “ridiculous.” “To be realistic, my career is coming to an end in a couple of years or so. So I’m enjoying the moment,” said the 34-year-old Finley, who signed with the Spurs in September 2005 and is in his 12th NBA season.

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