The Phoenix Suns were down, not out.
After losing five of seven games and dropping to fourth in the race for Western Conference playoff position, Phoenix has done an about-face.The Suns proved it emphatically Wednesday night, winning their fourth straight, 115-111 over the San Antonio Spurs, who have the NBA's best record.
"So far, we're doing very well since we were buried," coach Paul Westphal said after his team responded to the absence of Charles Barkley with a rally in the final four minutes.
Reserve Wayman Tisdale scored 16 points, including a follow shot with 24 seconds left, giving the Suns a 110-106 lead.
The win pulled the Suns within 11/2 games of the conference-leading Spurs, whose 15-game winning streak ended the previous night with a loss to Portland, while the Suns defeated Seattle.
Wesley Person, who finished with 19 points, hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 3:37 left, lifting the Suns to a 104-102 edge.
Barkley had 24 points and 18 rebounds before he fouled out with 4:10 left.
David Robinson had 25 points and 10 rebounds for the Spurs, and Elliott scored 23.
Barkley, No. 28 on the NBA's career scoring list, got his 19,000th point with a free throw 50 seconds into the final quarter. He is only the 12th player to reach that level and get at least 9,000 rebounds.
Warriors 123, Timberwolves 109
In a game that meant nothing, Golden State supplied some thrills.
The Warriors set an NBA record by hitting 17 3-pointers in a 123-109 victory over another lottery team - Minnesota.
Chris Mullin led Golden State's 3-point barrage with six treys and 22 points, and rookie Donyell Marshall, traded away from Minnesota in February, set the mark with a 3-pointer at the buzzer.
The Warriors, who have broken team records for 3-pointers made (503) and attempted (1,497) this season, took 30 shots from beyond the arc. Their 17 conversions were one more than Houston made against Denver on April 9 and Sacramento made against Golden State on Feb. 9, 1989.
Tom Gugliotta, who was traded to the Wolves for Marshall, had 24 points and 16 rebounds.
Hornets 105, Nets 77
Charlotte's starters sat out the fourth quarter of a rout of New Jersey.
Alonzo Mourning scored 25 points and Larry Johnson 13 for the Hornets.
New Jersey, its playoffs hopes sinking with its seventh loss in eight games, shot 39 percent from the field.
Armon Gilliam had 20 points for the visiting Nets, who didn't get closer than 19 in the second half.
Hawks 90, Bullets 82
Atlanta sent Washington to its 12th straight defeat as Stacey Augmon scored eight of his 18 points in the final 3:08 after the Bullets pulled within two points.
Steve Smith led the Hawks with 20 points, and Doug Overton and Calbert Cheaney each had 16 to pace the visiting Bullets.
Bulls 124, Pistons 113
Just another routine night for Michael Jordan: 29 points, nine rebounds, nine assists.
Playing against his old friend Joe Dumars for the first time since returning to basketball, Jordan made 12 of 23 shots to lead Chicago over Detroit.
Ron Harper and Will Perdue added 16 each for the visiting Bulls. Scottie Pippen missed the game with the flu.
Allan Houston led the Pistons with 31 points.
Kings 109, Lakers 99
Sacramento pulled ahead of Denver into the eighth Western Conference playoff spot with its 37th victory, the most since the franchise moved to California 10 seasons ago.
Olden Polynice scored a season-high 27 points and had 16 rebounds as the Kings pulled away from visiting Los Angeles in the final 21/2 minutes.
Vlade Divac had 24 points and 15 rebounds for the Lakers.