National Basketball Association
Phoenix 123, San Antonio 121
When: 2:00 PM ET, Sunday, May 16, 2021
Where: AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas
Officials: #74 Curtis Blair, #35 Jason Goldenberg, #71 Rodney Mott
Attendance: 4738

E'Twaun Moore poured in 22 points, including the deciding 3-pointer with 2.2 seconds to play, to lift the visiting Phoenix Suns to a 123-121 win over the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday in the final regular-season game for both teams.

Phoenix (51-21) was without Devin Booker (rest), Chris Paul (rest) and Deandre Ayton (knee) as the Suns opted to keep key players on the bench despite the chance to earn the top spot in the Western Conference.

San Antonio pulled its starters at the end of the third quarter, allowing the two teams' bench players to decide the contest. The Suns' reserves had just enough to secure the win that forced Utah to win in Sacramento later Sunday in order to finish atop of Phoenix in the West.

Eight Suns players scored in double figures, with Cameron Payne and Jevon Carter scoring 19 points each. Carter (with 10 rebounds) and Frank Kaminsky and Jalen Smith (each with 11 points and 10 rebounds) all had double doubles for Phoenix.

The Spurs have had the 10th position in the conference standings and a spot in the play-in tournament assured since Thursday. San Antonio will play at Memphis on Wednesday.

San Antonio's DeMar DeRozan had 23 points while Jakob Poeltl added 17 points and 10 rebounds. Rudy Gay scored 12 points and Quinndary Weatherspoon hit for 11 for the Spurs (33-39), who have dropped four straight games.

Phoenix led by as many as 11 points in the first quarter against the Spurs' regular starters but the game turned early in the second with the help of San Antonio's second unit. The Spurs used a 12-2 run for a 48-40 advantage midway through the period and led by as many as 12 points before settling for a 61-52 edge at intermission.

DeRozan led all scorers with 17 points in the first half, with Poeltl hitting for 15 and Gay adding 12 for the Spurs. Payne, filling in for Paul at the point guard position, paced the Suns with 16 points over the first 24 minutes.

The Spurs were still up 69-65 at the 8:14 mark of the third quarter before Phoenix shifted back into high gear, forging a 13-2 run to leap into a 78-71 lead. The Suns took an 89-85 advantage to the final period.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Phoenix   San Antonio
E'Twaun Moore 22 Scoring DeMar DeRozan 23
Jevon Carter 9 Assists Tre Jones 7
Jevon Carter 10 Rebounds Jakob Poeltl 10
E'Twaun Moore 2 Free Throws Made DeMar DeRozan 6
Jevon Carter 3 Steals Rudy Gay 1
Torrey Craig 2 Blocks Jakob Poeltl 3
Team Stats Summary
Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Phoenix 123 51.0 13-35 4-4 36 48 5 7 8
San Antonio 121 51.0 7-24 14-19 30 46 5 5 10
Upcoming Games
  • San Antonio will play their next game on the road against Memphis. The Spurs have a W/L % of .455 after a win and .462 after a loss.
  • Phoenix will play their next game at home against L.A. Lakers. The Suns have a W/L % of .680 after a win and .773 after a loss.