Spurs clobbers Suns, won 18th Division title
Tim Duncan had 19 points and 11 rebounds and Tony Parker scored 14 points and added five assists and the San Antonio Spurs made the Phoenix Suns' playoff pursuit harder.
The Spurs cruised past the Suns 105-91 on Saturday night, and Phoenix' post season hopes took a serious hit. The Suns trail the Denver Nuggets 1 1/2 games for the eighth seed in the West with six only games to left.
San Antonio officially clinched the Southwest Division title (18th overall), but more importantly, stayed just a game behind the Oklahoma City for the No. 1 playoff seed in the Western Conference.
"It doesn't matter what we do. We're going to end up where we end up. There's no reason to sit there and study it, we're going to play these games as best as we can. Win or lose, we're going to end up where. We're in a great position right now. Hopefully we can end on top. If we don't, hopefully we're number two and we're happy with that." Duncan said.
Sebastian Telfair scored 21 points, and Michael Redd added 13 points for Phoenix.
They fell behind early, trailing the Spurs 35-13 after the first quarter. Steve Nash and Grant Hill sat out the entire second half.
Nash said he irritated his right hip socket in a loss to Memphis on Wednesday, and despite fighting through it in Friday's win at Houston, he only lasted the first 6 minutes. Nash said he hopes to play for Monday's game against Portland.
With the blowout win, San Antonio was also able to rest their stars. Duncan, Parker and Manu Ginobili all sat out the fourth quarter and most of the second half, giving coach Gregg Popovich some bonus rest for his Big Three.
Duncan started the rout going by hitting his first five shots, and quickly racked up 11 points and five rebounds by the time the stunned Suns found themselves down 21-4 just 6 minutes into the game.
Rookie Kawhi Leonard added 14 points for the Spurs and DeJuan Blair chipped in 10 points.
The Spurs will play again on Monday night, when they visit the Golden State Warriors to start their second set of back-to-back-to-back nights of the season.