Phoenix Pulls Out Overtime Win at Denver
When it comes to playing Denver, the Suns apparently like to keep things dramatic.
In two of their previous three wins over the Nuggets, Phoenix trailed by 18 and 21, respectively. On Tuesday night after the All-Star break, the Suns led by double-digits twice, trailed by five with less than a minute left in the fourth quarter and were tied with Denver with a minute left in overtime.
Despite all of that and shooting just 37.8 percent from the field in the process, the Suns won anyway.
Phoenix's latest victory, a 112-107 triumph on the road, was the latest in a series of gritty wins this season. Gerald Green scored eight of the Suns' 13 points in the extra period, capping off a career-high 36 points on 50 percent shooting. Goran Dragic added 21 points, 14 assists, five rebounds and three steals and Markieff Morris came off the bench for 13 point and 12 rebounds.
The biggest hero may have been P.J. Tucker, however, whose hustle saved two critical possessions for the Suns.
The first came at the end of regulation, when Phoenix trailed by two with seven seconds left. Channing Frye had an open shot off a set play, but it missed. Tucker (13 points, 11 rebounds) kept the ball alive off the backboard, and the resulting ricochet fell to Markieff Morris, whose putback with five seconds left ended up sending the game into overtime.
The second play occurred in the extra period, when Morris tied up Kenneth Faried for a jump ball with one minute remaining and the game tied. Morris tipped the ball toward half-court, where Tucker grabbed it and threw it -- all while falling to the floor -- ahead to a streaking Goran Dragic for a dunk that put the Suns up for good.
HIGHLIGHT OF THE GAME
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Gerald Green was not only hot, but clutch for the Suns in providing a career-high 36 points on 11-of-22 shooting. Whether it was from beyond the arc or above the rim, the veteran swingman seemed to provide a spark every time Phoenix seemed to need one.
PHOTO OF THE NIGHT
STAT(S) OF THE NIGHT
11: the number of three-pointers Phoenix made compared to Denver's five despite taking just one more attempt than the Nuggets.