It may just be Summer League, but it felt like an awfully big shot.
Tyler Ulis connected on a three-pointer as time expired and the Phoenix Suns eliminated the Denver Nuggets, 82-81,in NBA Summer League play. The Suns will meet the Minnesota Timberwolves tomorrow in the first semifinal matchup.
This one looked like it would be decided in regulation. Tied at 79, Dragan Bender was fouled with .4 seconds remaining, but the number four pick in last month's NBA Draft failed to connect on either of two free throws.
Down two with just over a second remaining in overtime, the Suns called a timeout and ran a play for Ulis who ended the game in dramatic fashion.
Ulis finished with 19 points on 7 of 19 shooting. Troy Williams led the Suns with 22 points, and Alan Williams pulled down a game high 16 rebounds.
The Nuggets got 29 points from Jamal Murray and another 16 from Jimmer Fredette. They conclude Summer League play with a 3-2 record.
Tomorrow's game with the Timberwolves tips off at 3pm PT. The winner will advance to Monday's championship game at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas.