HOUSTON, April 19 (Ticker) -- While Tim Duncan and Tony Parker rested for the playoffs, the San Antonio Spurs' bench capitalized on its opportunity to shine.

Brent Barry scored 19 points and fellow reserve Michael Finley added 17 as the Spurs held on for an 89-87 triumph over the Houston Rockets in the regular-season finale for both teams.

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It was the fifth victory in the last six games for San Antonio (63-19), which will face eighth-seeded Sacramento in the first round of the Western Conference postseason.

"We got to play a lot of guys, and I thought a lot of people played real well at both ends of the court," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "It was a good way to finish and the No. 1 priority, nobody got hurt."

"Talent-wise there may be some deeper teams, but we are the most experienced team in the playoffs," Finley added. "We focused on getting ourselves in this position, to be the No. 1 seed. We're defending champs, and you have a lot of people against you and high expectations for you."

Manu Ginobili scored 11 points and Nick Van Exel chipped in 10 off the bench for the Spurs, who built a 43-36 halftime lead and held on after the break to improve to 4-0 this season against the Rockets.

"It was a good opportunity for some of us to play a lot in the game when the situation was close," Barry said. "We rested Tim and Tony, and everybody else is in pretty good rhythm. We're ready for 'Season Two.'"

Trailing, 88-87, with 18 seconds remaining, Houston (34-48) had a chance to take the lead when Rafer Alston drew a foul and a trip to the free-throw line. But Alston missed both attempts and San Antonio corralled the rebound to hold on.

Stromile Swift scored 18 points and fellow reserve Luther Head added 17 for the Rockets, who went just 15-26 at home this season.

"Winning teams get used to winning and do what it takes more often than teams that don't win," Houston coach Jeff Van Gundy said. "(The Spurs) are a model organization because of their humility and class they show. You never see them beating their chest, and that's from the ownership on down."