In a game matching two teams with a combined 1-9 record, the Suns (2-4) pulled out the win, 112-111, with some late game heroics from Devin Booker. Booker's 38 points led the way, T.J. Warren chipped in 18 and Eric Bledsoe 17 as the Suns won another overtime thriller, this time on Warren's game-winning dunk out of a timeout.
The Suns again started crisply, as all five starters quickly got in the box score with buckets and they converted their first 8 FGAs. Phoenix built a lead of 9 only 5 minutes into the game until the Pelicans (0-6) started to knock down shots themselves due to Suns defensive breakdowns. Anthony Davis wasn't doing all the damage for the Pelicans either, as Terrence Jones and Tim Frazier each scored 11 in the half.
Booker and Warren led a strong offensive first half for the Suns with 14 points apiece, and Booker shooting a perfect 5-5 from the field and 4-4 from the line, but sloppy defense kept the Pelicans in front. One of the least efficient offensive teams in the league coming into tonight, the Pelicans shot 57% from the field in the first half, including 8-15 from 3, to go into halftime with a 61-58 lead.
In the third quarter, it appeared the Suns started to assert themselves, tightening their defense as Tyson Chandler continued his dominance of the boards with 18 rebounds on the night, and Booker continued his hot shooting. A 20-8 run gave them an 80-74 lead before a late Pelicans push closed it to 81-79 heading into the fourth.
Then momentum swung again as Jones, Lance Stephenson and the Pellies heated up and the Suns started the quarter shooting only 3-11 behind some iffy bench play. Two AD free throws gave a 95-89 lead with four minutes to go, but the Suns weren't done yet.
Booker tied it with a 3 at 100 before Stephenson made what looked to be the game winner with 2 seconds left. At 102-100, Booker forced OT with a long 2 from the corner at the buzzer, silencing the crowd.
Then we went to overtime.
OT provided more back and forth. Booker and Bledsoe made back to back circus shots for a 110-107 lead, but the Pellies had the answer with two E'Twaun Moore FTs on a Booker foul (he fouled out on this play) to regain the lead 111-110 with 8 seconds remaining.
A brilliant inbounds play out of timeout featured P.J. Tucker throwing a perfect pass to a cutting Warren, who took it straight down the middle of the lane for the game-winning dunk.