Regular Season Series (Game 4 of 4)

Series starts 11/19

Game 1: Saturday, November 19th
Game 2: Saturday, January 7th
Game 3: Thursday, March 9th
Game 4: Friday, March 17th

Suns 102

(45-20, 19-11 away)

Spurs 108

(51-14, 29-4 home)

    Coverage: KRRT

    7:30 PM ET, March 17, 2006

    AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX

    1 2 3 4 T
    PHX 25 31 22 24102
    SA 26 29 27 26108

    Top Performers

    PHX: S. Nash 30 Pts, 4 Reb, 6 Ast

    SA: N. Mohammed 30 Pts, 16 Reb, 3 Ast

    Mohammed matches Nash's 30, Spurs down Suns

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Nazr Mohammed got off to a fast start and then helped carry the San Antonio Spurs down the stretch.

    Mohammed matched a career high with 30 points and had 16 rebounds to lead San Antonio to a 108-102 victory over Phoenix on Friday night.

    "Nazr was stupendous," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said.

    Mohammed hit four shots and grabbed six rebounds in the first quarter. He already had a double-double 5:26 into the second quarter.

    "I'm the type of guy who is always thinking about the mistakes I made, so I just went out there early and got a good start," Mohammed said.

    Mohammed also was the difference in the fourth quarter. He was 5-for-6 from the field in the period, including making a running hook shot from about four feet with a minute left that gave the Spurs a 104-100 lead.

    "The Spurs hit big shots and got the win," Suns coach Mike D'Antoni said. "Mohammed was really solid down the stretch. We couldn't stop him."

    The last time Mohammed scored 30 points was on Nov. 5, 2001 while he was playing for the Atlanta Hawks.

    San Antonio acquired Mohammed last season in a deal just before the trading deadline. The Spurs sent two first-round draft picks and Malik Rose, a key bench player during their first two NBA titles in 1999 and 2003, to the New York Knicks.

    Mohammed replaced Rasho Nesterovic as the starting center before last season's playoffs. Nesterovic began this season as the starter, but San Antonio is 11-2 this season after putting Mohammed back in the starting lineup.

    San Antonio (51-14) has won three straight and remained a half game behind Dallas in the chase for the top record in the Southwest Division and the Western Conference. The Mavericks (52-14) defeated Washington 104-94 Friday.

    Steve Nash scored 30 points to lead Phoenix (45-20), which had a two-game winning streak stopped. Shawn Marion had 22 points and 12 rebounds.

    The loss marked the first time the Suns, the highest scoring team in the league, have surpassed 100 points against the Spurs this season. Their high against San Antonio in three previous games was 93.

    But the Spurs outrebounded Phoenix 63-36, including a season-high 26 offensive rebounds.

    Tim Duncan grabbed 13 boards, including nine on the offensive end.

    The Spurs' rebounding advantage nullified Phoenix's usual efficient game on the offensive end. Making 41 of 80 field-goal attempts, the Suns outshot San Antonio (51 percent to 48). Phoenix also blanked the Spurs on the fast break, 18-0.

    The Suns trailed 94-92 with 5:26 remaining in the game when Nash scored on a driving layup and made a free throw after he was fouled by Duncan.

    But Tony Parker made 3 of 4 shot attempts over the next 3:10 to give the Spurs a 102-95 lead with 1:50 to go.

    San Antonio led by 10 points in the first half when Mohammed missed a layup but tipped in Bruce Bowen's missed tip with 3:46 remaining before halftime.

    But the Suns were 7-for-9 from the field to end the quarter and took their first lead of the game, 56-55, at halftime.

    Boris Diaw made all three of his shots during the stretch and made both free throws along with blocking two shots.

    In the last meeting between the teams, the Suns were held to less than 100 points for the first time in three games. Phoenix played that game without Nash, who's played in the four games since then. The Suns have surpassed the 100-point mark in all of those games.

    Phoenix played its fifth game in seven days, going 3-2 during that stretch.

    Game notes

    The Spurs signed Melvin Sanders, a rookie guard/forward from Oklahoma State, to a 10-day contract. It's the third time this season Sanders has been signed by San Antonio. ... The Suns lost their first game in seven tries with the starting lineup of James Jones, Marion, Boris Diaw, Raja Bell and Nash. ... Manu Ginobili broke out of a shooting slump with a 4-for-9 effort from the floor. He was seven of 28 in his previous three games. ... Marion picked up his 500th career 3-pointer when he made his first of the game in the fourth quarter. Only Dan Majerle has made more than 500 3-pointers during his career with the Suns.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 102 108
    FGM-FGA 41-80 (.513) 45-92 (.489)
    3PM-3PA 7-16 (.438) 6-20 (.300)
    FTM-FTA 13-19 (.684) 12-19 (.632)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 8-29 26-57
    Assists 21 28
    Turnovers 10 16
    Steals 6 4
    Blocks 6 2
    Fast Break Points 18 0
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 19 (2/0) 24 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 6 10

    Top Performers

    San Antonio
    Steve Nash Nash
    Points: 30
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0
    Nazr Mohammed Mohammed
    Points: 30
    Reb: 16
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0