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Gortat reveled in his place alongside Nash on the court. Obtained in the mega-trade with Orlando, Gortat averaged 13 points and 9.3 rebounds in his 50 games with Phoenix, eventually absorbing most of the ineffective Robin Lopez’s playing time.

Nash, in his 14th NBA season, averaged 14.7 points per game. At 11.4 per game, he led the NBA in assists for the fifth time in his seven seasons since rejoining the Suns in 2004.

He shot 49 percent from the field and just under 40 percent from 3-point range. By making 90 percent of his free throws, he was the on-again, off-again holder of the NBA record for career accuracy from the foul line.

Not that any of that appears good enough. Nash said he’ll let everybody else talk about rumors of him playing elsewhere next season while he continues to work on his game.

“That’s what I want to use my energy on,” he said. “I don’t want to waste it.”


AP Sports Writer Dave Skretta in New York contributed to this report.