Posted: Monday March 7, 2005 1:29PM; Updated: Tuesday March 8, 2005 4:40PM
It might have been the NBA's best game of the season so far. The last time the Spurs and Suns hooked up, Jan. 21 in Phoenix, Manu Ginobili scored a career-high 48 points and San Antonio rallied from a 17-point fourth-quarter deficit to win in OT. The hard-fought contest also included a buzzer-beating double-clutch three-pointer by Suns forward Shawn Marion to force the extra session.
On Wednesday these two NBA heavyweights meet up again in Phoenix for the third and final time this season. The healthier Suns have taken over the top spot in this week's Power Rankings, but they're still 0-2 against the Spurs this season. They will be looking to send a message. San Antonio just hopes Tim Duncan (ankle) will be ready to play. It should be a good game, and maybe a preview of the Western Conference finals.
Despite injuries to Brad Miller (calf) and Cuttino Mobley (back), they beat the Pistons on Sunday to snap a three-game losing skid. With eight of their next 10 at Arco Arena, it could be a springboard.
Consecutive road losses at Phoenix, Seattle and Sacramento have tempered the excitement of that eight-game win streak. But at least Elden Campbell is back to restore some more of that championship look.