Little-used Sean Marks had 16 points and 13 rebounds, and Phoenix beat the Portland Trail Blazers 100-91 on Wednesday night in a game that ended up having no bearing on the Suns' playoff seeding. San Antonio's rout of Utah earlier in the night locked Phoenix (55-27) into the sixth seed in the Western Conference.
The Suns will open on the road against the No. 3 Spurs. As the night began, the Suns had hoped to move up in the jumbled playoff race. They had only one shot at opening the playoffs at home: a victory coupled with a Houston loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. That scenario went by the boards when the Rockets blew out the Clippers.