Spurs enjoy win over Suns in NBA
LOS ANGELES, April 14 DPA – Tim Duncan dominated early as the San Antonio Spurs clinched the NBA’s Southwest Division title by rolling to a 105-91 home victory over the Phoenix Suns.
The Spurs (42-16) remain one game behind the Oklahoma City Thunder (44-16) for the best record in the Western Conference.
“We’re in a great position right now,” Duncan said. “Hopefully we can end on top. If we don’t, hopefully we’re No.2 and we’re happy with that.”
Duncan finished with 19 points while Australian Patty Mills had 8 points from his 16 minutes of game time.
The Suns (31-29) fell two games in the loss column behind Houston and Denver in the race for the West’s final playoff berth. Canadian star Steve Nash was limited to six minutes by a hip injury.
Kevin Durant scored 43 points and Russell Westbrook added 35 for Oklahoma City who beat Minnesota 115-110 to maintain their one-game lead over the Spurs atop the West.
Puerto Rico’s J.J. Barea had 24 points and 10 assists for the host Timberwolves, who have lost nine in a row.
Rudy Gay totalled 26 points and 12 rebounds to help Memphis to their fifth victory in six games, 103-98 over Utah.
LA Clippers won for the 11th time in 13 games, beating Golden State 112-104 while the Celtics clinched a playoff spot by beating New Jersey 94-82 for their fifth win from six.
Indiana beat Milwaukee 105-99 and Cleveland beat Washington 98-89.
16 Apr 9:24 AM