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Roy said that after all the team had been through, he wanted to finish on the court and not on the bench.
"I was happy I was able to play," he said. "I wasn't able to play as well as I liked. I didn't have quite the bounce that I needed but at least I can go into the summertime knowing that I'm healthy and I finished the season out with my guys."
The Suns, who found success in the series when they established a fast pace, went up 17-6 early with Richardson hitting three 3-pointers.
But Stoudemire collected two quick fouls and retreated to the bench. Richardson wound up with 14 points after the first quarter, but it was tempered by Nash's five turnovers.
Portland narrowed it to 28-26 on Fernandez's 3-pointer.
The Suns stretched the lead to 41-32, but Roy finally came alive, hitting a running 3-pointer from the top of the key with 4:51 to go in the half.
Hill's fast-break layup and free throw made it 53-40. Richardson finished the first half with 19 points. He made all four of his 3-point attempts.
Channing Frye hit a 3-pointer to put Phoenix up 64-50 midway through the third quarter.
Webster hit consecutive 3-pointers that narrowed it to 69-65, but Dudley answered with a 3-pointer for the Suns.
Phoenix coach Alvin Gentry credited the defense.
"At the end of the night, they shot 38 percent. To me, that's a credit to our defense. Nobody really talks about it, but we like it," Gentry said. "In the locker room, we pat each other on the back."
Hill advanced past the first round for the first time in his 14-year career.
The Suns are 6-1 in their last six potential series-clinching games.
Portland has never won a series that they have trailed 3-2.
"Seemed like every time we were able to get close we'd make a mistake," Blazers coach Nate McMillan said. "Whether it was a turnover or a bad possession, they make you pay. Nash has had that MVP-type season. Richardson was big this series. Amare came with his `A' Game tonight."
NOTES: C Greg Oden was at Portland's shootaround earlier Thursday. The 7-foot former No. 1 draft pick broke his left kneecap and required season-ending surgery early in December. Oden addressed reporters during Thursday's shootaround, saying he was not yet doing any court-related workouts. ... Suns C Robin Lopez, who has a bulging disc in his back, participated in the Suns' shootaround but is not close to returning. It was unclear if he'd be available for the second round.
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