- Associated Press - Saturday, April 12, 2014

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - The San Antonio Spurs have said their goal this season was not to have the league’s best record.

But once it was in sight, they went for it.

Danny Green had a career-high 33 points and the San Antonio Spurs rallied from a 21-point deficit to beat the Phoenix Suns 112-104 on Friday and clinch home-court throughout the playoffs.

“It’s a big plus,” Green said. “It’s not something we were focused on, but we know it will help us. We’ll be at home for most of the playoffs. The biggest thing for us is to stay healthy and to build chemistry. Winning games in the process helps and we get home-court advantage. That’s just the extra bonus for us.”

Eric Bledsoe had 30 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists to lead Phoenix (47-32), which fell into a tie with Memphis for the West’s eighth seed.

Kawhi Leonard scored 18 points for the Spurs and Tony Parker added 18 points and three assists in his return from a two-game absence due to a back injury.

Green was 7 for 10 on 3-pointers in pushing San Antonio (62-18) to victory without Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili, who both sat out the second game of a back-to-back for rest.

It appeared the remaining Spurs were taking the night off, too, as the Suns ran past them early.

Phoenix took a 35-14 lead with 2 minutes left in the first quarter and was shooting 60 percent from the field midway through the second quarter.

“(The Spurs) could have said, ‘Oh, it’s tough, three (games) in four nights, back-to-back, and we’re just going to take a blow tonight.’”

San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. “But they didn’t do it. Those guys have a lot of pride. I think some of the assistant coaches got on them; ‘cause you know I didn’t, I just kind of watched a little bit.”

Popovich was able to jest about his demeanor, but the mood was somber in the Suns‘ locker room.

Phoenix faces the seventh-seeded Mavericks in Dallas on Saturday night before hosting the Grizzlies on Monday and playing at Sacramento on Wednesday.

The Suns likely must win out for any chance to reach the postseason.

“We don’t have much choice; our season is on the line,” Bledsoe said.

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