National Basketball Association
San Antonio 110, Phoenix 106
When: 10:30 PM ET, Wednesday, April 25, 2012
SPURS 110, SUNS 106
Where: US Airways Center, Phoenix, Arizona
#14 Ed Malloy, #63 Derek Richardson, #59 Gary Zielinski
: Patrick Mills had a career-high 27 points and Tiago Splitter added a career-best 26 as visiting San Antonio kept alive a chance to get the NBA’s overall No. 1 playoff seed with a victory over Phoenix.
In what could have been his final game for Phoenix, veteran point guard Steve Nash left the game with 3:30 remaining to deafening applause. The free-agent-to-be had eight points and seven assists. He is a free agent this summer.
The Spurs (49-16), who have won nine in a row, can clinch the top seed with a victory Thursday and a loss by Chicago.
Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili all were rested and will sit out again Thursday when the Spurs end the regular season at Golden State.
“I opt for health,” coach Gregg Popovich said before the game. “Our health is more important than the final record.”
The Spurs can extend their 50-win season streak to a league-record 13 seasons. They are tied with the Lakers (1979-91) at 12.
Shannon Brown had 21 points for the Suns (33-33) and Sebastian Telfair had 20.
The Spurs recalled rookie Cory Joseph from Austin on Wednesday in the middle of the NBA Development League finals. He had four points . … Derrick Byars, signed by the Spurs Wednesday, had three rebounds. … Phoenix’s Grant Hill, 39, sat out and may have played his final NBA game.
Top Game Performances
Patrick Mills 27
Shannon Brown 21
Stephen Jackson 6
Steve Nash 7
DeJuan Blair 8
Marcin Gortat 10
Patrick Mills 6
||Free Throws Made
Hakim Warrick 4
DeJuan Blair 2
Shannon Brown 2
Cory Joseph 1
Marcin Gortat 3
Team Stats Summary
San Antonio will play their next game on the road against Golden State. The Spurs have a W/L % of .755 after a win and .750 after a loss.