NBA: Suns Blow 21-Point Lead, Lose to Spurs
The Phoenix Suns surged out to a 21-point lead in the second quarter, only to have the San Antonio Spurs come all the way back and win 112-104. With the victory the Spurs (62-18) clinched the best record in the NBA.
Phoenix took a 35-14 lead with under two minutes remaining in the first quarter, but the Spurs hung around in the second quarter before exploding for a 37-19 advantage in the third quarter to grab the lead heading into the final frame.
Channing Frye hit a three-pointer with 4:25 remaining in the game to take a 98-97, but Kawhi Leonard hit a three and Marco Belinelli hit a three of his own for the final lead change of the contest.
San Antonio was without both Tim Duncan (rest) and Manu Ginobili (rest). The Spurs relied on Tony Parker and Danny Green to carry the load. Parker finished with 18 points and three assists, while Danny Green had a career-high 33 points on 7-10 shooting from the three-point line.
Eric Bledsoe had arguably his best game since joining the Suns (47-32) finishing just an assist shy of a triple-double with 30 points, 11 rebounds, and nine assists.
Gerald Green scored 27 points while starting in place of the injured Goran Dragic. Dragic (ankle) did not play on Friday night, but Coach Jeff Hornacek does expect Dragic to be in the lineup on Saturday night when the Suns face the Dallas Mavericks.
With the loss, the Suns are tied with the Memphis Grizzlies for the 8th seed and are 0.5 games behind Dallas for 7th. The Suns will play in Dallas on Saturday, will host the Grizzlies on Monday, and finish their season in Sacramento on Wednesday. Dallas hosts the Suns before playing Memphis on Wednesday. Memphis will play the Lakers in Los Angeles on Sunday, in Phoenix on Monday, and finish the regular season at home against Dallas on Wednesday.
The way the schedule has worked out it looks like it will be an exciting end to the regular season out here in the Wild, Wild West with the Phoenix Suns most likely needing to win-out to make the 2014 NBA Playoffs.