Recap: Suns 91, Heat 89



Posted Jul 21, 2013 8:28 PM

The Phoenix Suns hung on for a 91-89 victory over the Miami Heat to advance to the NBA Summer League 2013 Tournament Championship game. The Heat will face the Golden State Warriors or Charlotte Bobcats for the inaugural Summer League Championship title in a game that tips off tomorrow at 6pm PT at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of the University of Nevada - Las Vegas.

Phoenix led by as many as 20 points in the second half, before losing the lead late in the fourth quarter. Tied at 89 with 39 seconds to play, Markieff Morris found the hoop giving his Suns the two-point advantage that won the game. The game ended dramatically, with Miami having possession with 9.5 seconds to play. James Ennis lost the ball at the top of the key, resulting in a jump ball with Phoenix' PJ Tucker. Miami won the tip, but forced D.J. Kennedy to take a half-court shot as time expired. Eric Griffin led all scorers in the fourth quarter, finishing with 10 points in the frame to help Miami overcome the deficit.

Miami took an early seven point lead in the first quarter, but Phoenix scored seven unanswered of their own to knot the game at 11. Phoenix took the lead with 30 seconds to play on a Markieff Morris bucket before finishing the quarter up 3, 25-22. James Ennis had the hot hand for Miami in the first, scoring 11 of the team's 22 points, including three from three-point land.

It was all phoenix in the second, with the team outscoring the Heat 10-2 in the opening three minutes of the period before extending their lead to as many as 16 points. It was a team effort for Phoenix, with all nine Suns who saw action scoring. As a team, they shot 56-percent in the first half, including fifty-percent from deep. Miami, by contrast, connected on only five field goals in the second and were outscored 15-26 in the second frame. At the end of two, Phoenix owned a 51-37 advantage.

Miami fell down by 20 points early in the second half, but they battled back, embarking on a 20-6 run in the quarter's final five minutes to get back into the game. At the end of three, they trailed by only five, 68-63. James Nunnally led the comeback for Miami, scoring 16 points in the third while hitting three threes. In all, Miami held Phoenix to only 17 points in the third quarter.

Miami's Ennis led all scorers with 25 points, while teammate Nunnally finished with 24 in the game. Phoenix had five players score in double figures, led by Tucker's 19 points and a 17-point effort from Marcus Morris.