PHOENIX -- In a race being run backward, the Phoenix Suns are about to catch another competitor.
For now, there are three NBA teams with winning percentages darn-near equal to or even worse than the 18-39 Suns (the Washington Wizards check in at .315 to the Suns' .316.).
Defeat No. 39 was accomplished Sunday at US Airways Center, where the San Antonio Spurs -- working without Tony Parker -- tuned the Suns, 97-87.
Parker -- recently playing his way into MVP speculation -- has a skeeter bite or something on his right triceps and took the night off.
It didn't matter to the Spurs, who were on the last leg of their annual Rodeo Road Trip.
"Once you have your foundation and culture, you know what to expect," Suns interim head coach Lindsey Hunter said in tribute to how the team with the league's top record can maintain a high level of play when not at full strength. "It's a testament to Pop (Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich) and his system and the culture they've built."
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