Spurs clinch Southwest, stay on heels of Thunder
Tim Duncan had 19 points and 10 rebounds, Tony Parker scored 14, and the Spurs coasted past the Phoenix Suns, 105-91, Saturday night in San Antonio.
The Spurs officially clinched the Southwest Division, but more importantly, stayed neck and neck with Oklahoma City for the No. 1 playoff seed in the Western Conference. San Antonio remains a game behind the Thunder with eight games to go.
Sebastian Telfair scored 21 points for Phoenix, which simply wants to make the postseason. Yet the Suns never looked ready to play from the start and slipped 1 1/2 games behind Denver and Houston for the West’s eighth and final playoff spot.
Duncan got the rout going by hitting his first five shots, and quickly racked up 11 points by the time the stunned Suns found themselves down 21-4 just six minutes into the game.
A weary Steve Nash, who had 2 points in six minutes, called it a night after that, having played 34 minutes Friday night.
Thunder 115, Timberwolves 110 - Kevin Durant scored 43 points and Russell Westbrook had 35 and eight assists to keep visiting Oklahoma City atop the Western Conference.
Durant scored 16 in the final seven minutes for the Thunder.
Anthony Randolph had 22 points and 11 rebounds and Michael Beasley scored 26 for the Timberwolves.
The Wolves were without All-Star Kevin Love, who missed his second straight game with a concussion. J.J. Barea had 24 points and 10 assists, but Minnesota missed 12 free throws.
Barea’s 3-pointer cut the deficit to 112-110 with 13.8 seconds to play, but Westbrook iced the game at the line, where the Thunder hit 28 of 32 shots.
Clippers 112, Warriors 104 - Chris Paul scored 12 of his 28 points in the final period and added 13 assists, lifting host Los Angeles past Golden State and to within a game of the Lakers for the Pacific Division lead.
The Clippers have won 11 of 13, inching closer to their first playoff appearance since the 2005-06 season. Blake Griffin added 20 points, DeAndre Jordan 18, and Mo Williams 14 in the Clippers’ third straight win. They also are chasing the idle Lakers for the third seed in the Western Conference with six games remaining.
Nate Robinson led Golden State with 28 points, including four 3-pointers.
Pacers 105, Bucks 99 - Roy Hibbert had 23 points and 14 rebounds, including six free throws in the final 74 seconds, and visiting Indiana hurt Milwaukee’s playoff hopes.
Monta Ellis had 20 points for the Bucks, who lost for the third time in four games to fall 2 1/2 games behind New York and Philadelphia for one of the last two playoff spots in the East.
Grizzlies 103, Jazz 98 - O.J. Mayo scored 17 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter to rally host Memphis past Utah.
The Jazz held a 4-point lead early in the fourth, but Mayo scored 10 straight points for Memphis to erase the advantage.
Cavaliers 98, Wizards 89 - Luke Harangody had 16 points and 10 rebounds to get Cleveland past host Washington in a game between teams who had combined to lose 23 of 28 coming in.