Game 5: Nuggets Fall One Point Shy in OT
LAS VEGAS – The Denver Nuggets lost an 82-81 heartbreaker to the Phoenix Suns as Tyler Ulis hit a game-winning three-pointer at the buzzer Saturday afternoon.
The game was tight with both teams unable to pull away by much in the second half. A jumper from Jamal Murray would tie the game with about half a minute left in regulation. Dragan Bender drew a foul on Mateusz Ponitka with less than two seconds left in the game but would miss both to send the game into overtime. Bender would finish the game with nine points.
In overtime, Murray hit a layup with 1.8 seconds to tie the game and finished the game with 29 points.
Jimmer Fredette continued to score the ball well adding 16 points, while Axel Toupane played with energy and nabbed five steals to go with 10 points and eight rebounds.
Juan Hernangomez had two follow dunks in the first quarter, taking advantage of the absence of Marquese Chriss and the lack of a body on him. He then showed off his passing chops with a nifty dish to Petr Cornelie for a big one-handed dunk.
The Nuggets started out slow, falling behind by seven about halfway through the quarter, but picked it up off the energy of their lengthy frontcourt. This was the start of a 16-0 Denver run that would carry into the end of the first period. The Nuggets took care of the basketball as well and did not turn it over at all in the quarter.
Denver was challenged in the second period, turning the ball over eight times. Phoenix used these opportunities and came right back behind the play of forward Troy Williams who scored 22 points in the game, including a couple three-pointers. Center Alan Williams scored 11 points and grabbed 16 rebounds, with 10 of those in the first half.
The Nuggets will finish the 2016 Las Vegas Summer League with a 3-2 record.