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Final Score: Mirza Teletovic, Phoenix Suns win on a buzzer beater over Chicago Bulls! 103-101

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Mirza Teletovic might just get a lifetime contract extension, and it's quite possible he saved Jeff Hornacek's job. All with one hug rebound and put-back to give the Suns the win over the Chicago Bulls.

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ALL I NEED TO SAY ABOUT THIS SUNS GAME IS WATCH THIS VINE

I mean, how long has it been since the Suns actually hit a game winner of their own?

I LOVE YOU, MIRZA TELETOVIC!

Fun to watch Devin Booker with the shimmy after it went in. Booker is now 15-21 from three this year (he's just barely turned 19!!!) and was pivotal all game long for the Suns as regularly the smartest player on the floor. He had 14 points, 5 assists and 3 rebounds in 33 minutes of play.

Suns win, 103-101 after scoring 42 points in the 4th quarter, mostly on the back of Brandon Knight (17 points in the 4th), Eric Bledsoe, Mirza Teletovic, Jon Leuer, Alex Len and Devin Booker.

First quarter

Mike Lisboa says everything you need to know about this quarter.

Suns were down 30-27 after one. As I mentioned earlier, the Suns have been a sieve on D lately and this quarter was no exception. The Bulls got whatever they wanted.

Second quarter

More of the same. Suns giving Bulls a TON of open shots, making it hard to lead a game when you're just not making it that hard for the opponent.

Still, the Suns kept it close-ish because the Bulls just couldn't hit every shot they took. It's not the 4th yet, so they must be saving up. lol sorry.

Here's a couple tweets that explain the second quarter:

The Suns actually tied the game at 51-51 at hafltime. Really, just to set up a killer 4th quarter to close it out. lol

Third Quarter

The Suns started the third quarter by giving up a ton of points while scoring almost none, and quickly it was a 10-point deficit. Against the league's 27th ranked offense, mind you.

They collectively had 4 turnovers vs. 3 assists at this point. And this was halfway through the 3rd quarter.

Suns were shooting all jumpers, and just not making them (missed 16 of 20 shots in the third quarter). No inside presence. No transition defense. Bad passing. 16 turnovers in the first three quarters.

Suddenly it was a 16-point lead for Chicago after three. And it was tied at halftime.

The Suns scored TEN points in the entire third quarter. TEN.

Chicago up 77-61 after three.

Fourth quarter

Does this one even matter?

The Bulls took their foot off the gas a bit, and the Suns pulled to within 7 at one point to make the game interesting with the bench unit out there, on Devin Booker's sweeping drive to the right that ended in a pretty downhill lay-in over Taj Gibson.

I thought the Bulls would put the ship back on the right track, but then Brandon Knight scored nine straight Suns points (12 overall) and soon the Bulls lead was down to 1. ONE.

The Suns had a chance to take the lead on a breakaway, but it was knocked out of bounds. Then they had an full offensive possession... and turned it over. Then Rose scored to put the Bulls back up 3.

There's a lid on that damn lead!

Finally, after giving up 5 straight scores to the Bulls, the Suns followed a wonderful Booker three with a steal/score by Bledsoe to TIE THE GAME.

Yes folks. Yet another close game for your Suns.

Another steal for Bledsoe gave the Suns the ball with a chance to take the lead with 59.3 seconds left. They missed that one (Bledsoe layup attempt) and the next (wide open Leuer three), but then MIRZA HAPPENED