Spurs rally past Suns, clinch NBA's best recordApr 12, 2014 - 5:49 AM San Antonio Spurs locked up the NBA's best record following a 112-104 triumph over the Phoenix Suns on Friday night.
Green was 12-of-17 from the field and 7-of-10 from beyond the arc for the Spurs, who are 3-2 on the heels of their 19-game winning streak.
"Not every shot felt good, but for some reason they were dropping," Green said.
Tony Parker, who sat out Thursday's victory against the Dallas Mavericks with a bruised shin, put in 18 points for San Antonio, which has won 15 straight at home.
Eric Bledsoe tallied 30 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists but turned the ball over seven times, while Gerald Green scored 27 points for the Suns, who had their three-game winning streak snapped. They are tied with Memphis for the final playoff spot in the West, but the Grizzlies hold the tiebreaker by virtue of winning the head-to-head series.
"At the end of the day, we beat ourselves. Too many turnovers on my part," Bledsoe said.
After Channing Frye's 3-pointer staked Phoenix to a 98-97 edge with 4:25 left, the Spurs responded with triples by Kawhi Leonard, Marco Belinelli and Danny Green as part of a 9-2 flurry to give them a 106-100 advantage with 1:59 to go.
San Antonio sunk 5-of-6 free throws in the final 20 seconds to seal the outcome.
Earlier, the Suns raced out to a 19-9 lead before Markieff Morris threw down an alley-oop to finish off a 16-5 swing to further extend the advantage to 35-14.
Phoenix led 37-24 after a quarter of play and 62-49 at the break.
Consecutive baskets by Parker concluded a 10-3 flurry to get the Spurs within 67-61 before the middle stages of the third. Triples by Danny Green and Belinelli, sandwiched around a Gerald Green layup, during the final minutes of the third gave San Antonio an 86-81 lead heading into the fourth.
The Spurs outscored the Suns 37-19 in the third.
San Antonio scored 26 points off 20 Phoenix turnovers ... The Spurs shot 44.8 percent (43-of-96) from the floor and 43.3 percent (13-of-30) from beyond the arc.
Apr 12 1:38 AM
- PHOENIX: 104
SAN ANTONIO: 112
End of Regulation
Apr 12 1:38 AM
- PHOENIX: 81
SAN ANTONIO: 86
End of 3rd
Apr 11 10:20 PM
- PHOENIX: 62
SAN ANTONIO: 49
Apr 11 9:36 PM
- PHOENIX: 37
SAN ANTONIO: 24
End of 1st
Apr 11 9:04 PM
- PHOENIX: 2
SAN ANTONIO: 0
1st Quarter - 11:54
Apr 11 8:41 PM
- Thunder will try to bounce back after big loss to Warriors May 20
- Towns, Porzingis unanimously selected to All-Rookie 1st team May 19
- 24 teams set for NBA Summer League in Las Vegas in July May 18
- AP Source: Knicks working to hire Jeff Hornacek as coach May 18
- Cavs 9-0 in these playoffs, and joining rarefied NBA air May 18
- Defending champion Warriors expect tough task from Thunder May 16
- Capsule preview of the Warriors-Thunder West finals May 15
- Durant, Thunder beat Spurs and return to conference finals May 13
- Spurs unsure if Duncan or Ginobili will return May 13
- Thunder beat Spurs, advance to Western Conference finals May 13
- How many times has your team changed coaches in the Pop era? May 12
- Spurs' Duncan competing with Thunder, Father Time May 12