Suns Defeat Blazers 100-91, Earn No. 6 Seed

Nash, Amare, Shaq & Co. will face Duncan and the Spurs
By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 17, 2008 12:43 AM CDT
Phoenix Suns guard Gordan Giricek (2) ,of Croatia, looks to pass as Portland Trail Blazers' LaMarcus Aldridge, left, and Travis Outlaw defend during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game.   (AP Photo/Matt York)
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(Newser) – 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.