National Basketball Association
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Phoenix at San Antonio
When: 2:00 PM ET, Sunday, May 16, 2021
Where: AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas

The Phoenix Suns will still have plenty to play for when they square off against the host San Antonio Spurs on Sunday afternoon in the final regular-season game for both teams.

That's because the Suns (50-21) took care of business and handily beat short-handed San Antonio 140-103 on Saturday in the first game of a season-ending back-to-back.

Phoenix was able to stay within one game of Utah (51-20) in the race for the top seed in the Western Conference. If the Suns defeat San Antonio and Utah loses at Sacramento, Phoenix will win the conference because it owns the tiebreaker with the Jazz.

The win granted the Suns their first 50-win season since 2009-10, which was also the most recent time Phoenix played in the postseason. The Suns won the Pacific Division for the first time since 2007 when Houston upset the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday.

"We are overjoyed about it," Suns coach Monty Williams said of the division title. "Our guys understand the journey that we built. And so for us to be in this position, and to have won the division in the NBA is a huge accomplishment. Make no mistake about it. We look at it as a huge accomplishment, and our guys deserve the right and should celebrate."

The Spurs have already clinched the final spot in the 7-10 play-in tournament and cannot improve their standing. San Antonio will play either Memphis or Golden State on the road on Wednesday. Those teams square off on Sunday, with the winner earning the eighth spot in the play-in and the loser hosting the Spurs.

San Antonio, which has not had back-to-back nights off in a month and a half, decided to rest two of its starters, DeMar DeRozan and Jakob Poeltl. Five other players, including Dejounte Murray (back) and Rudy Gay (heel), were reported as injured.

Understanding the sense of urgency, Phoenix jumped on the Spurs early, leading by 17 points at the end of the first quarter. San Antonio made a mini-run midway through the second period, cutting the deficit to 49-39, before the Suns picked up the pace again, heading to halftime up 68-47.

The Suns opened the third quarter with an 11-0 run that all but settled things. Phoenix emptied its bench in the fourth quarter to rest its starters.

Devin Booker had 27 points -- 23 of them in the first half -- to lead Phoenix. Mikal Bridges added 18 points for the Suns, with Chris Paul scoring 16 and dishing out 10 assists. Dario Saric hit for 13 points and Cameron Payne had 12 for Phoenix.

Deandre Ayton (left knee soreness) was held out for the Suns.

Keldon Johnson and Gorgui Dieng scored 18 points each to lead the Spurs (33-38), who lost third straight game. Drew Eubanks added 15 points and 11 rebounds, Devin Vassell hit for 14 points and Quinndary Weatherspoon scored a career-high 13 points for the Spurs.

"No matter what we were down, 10, 20, 30, at the end of the day, we were still trying to chip away," Vassell said. "Never giving up on defense, making sure we were trying to get stops, playing with energy. That's what we try to pride ourselves on."

San Antonio also played Saturday without coach Gregg Popovich, who flew to Connecticut to be a part of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame ceremony that included the induction of all-time Spurs' star Tim Duncan.

Popovich is expected to be on the bench for Sunday's game.

--Field Level Media

Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Phoenix 50-21 W2 27-9 23-12 4-2 46-19 7-5 29-12
San Antonio 33-38 L3 14-21 19-17 2-1 31-37 6-6 17-24
Last Meeting
Phoenix San Antonio
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
5/15/21 PHO 140 SA 103 140 47 55.3 103 41 44.3
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Phoenix D. Booker 27 55.6 4
San Antonio G. Dieng 18 77.8 3
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Phoenix T. Craig 9 2 7
San Antonio D. Eubanks 11 4 7
Assists Player  
Phoenix C. Paul 10
San Antonio T. Jones 5
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Phoenix D. Booker 1798 48.6 362
San Antonio D. DeRozan 1333 49.1 395
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Phoenix D. Ayton 766 236 530
San Antonio J. Poeltl 554 219 335
Assists Player  
Phoenix C. Paul 636
San Antonio D. DeRozan 428
Quickchart Matchup
Phoenix Phoenix Off vs  San Antonio San Antonio Defense
Phoenix Off vs San Antonio - Points For 115.2 Points For
Phoenix Off vs San Antonio - Points Against 112.7 Points Against
Phoenix - FG% 49.0 FG%
San Antonio - FG% 47.2 FG%
Phoenix - Reb 42.9 Reb
San Antonio - Reb 47.4 Reb
San Antonio San Antonio Off vs  Phoenix Phoenix Defense
San Antonio Off vs Phoenix - Points For 110.9 Points For
San Antonio Off vs Phoenix - Points Against 109.3 Points Against
San Antonio - FG% 46.2 FG%
Phoenix - FG% 46.6 FG%
San Antonio - Reb 43.8 Reb
Phoenix - Reb 42.7 Reb