The Phoenix Suns had a nine point lead in the middle of the fourth quarter but couldn't make shots (including free throws) and nearly let the game get to overtime before Tyson Chandler scored on a lob dunk with no time left on the clock!
Holy crap Tyson Chandler wins game for Suns via out-of-bounds alley-oop with 0.6 seconds left, FS Arizona announcer Eddie Johnson calls it perfectly before the inbound pic.twitter.com/yojkh9m1Pd— Rob Perez (@World_Wide_Wob) December 27, 2017
With .06 seconds left - that’s six-tenths of a second - Dragan Bender threw a perfect inbound pass to the rim and Tyson Chandler spiked it down into the net to win the game!
Suns beat Memphis for second time in a week, 99-97.
The Grizzlies had tied the game with .06 left on a Jarrell Martin putback slam, but Chandler and Bender had a better finish in mind.
Devin Booker was wonderful in his return to the court for the Phoenix Suns, posting nearly season average numbers by halftime with 20 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists to help the Suns take a 5-point lead at the intermission.
But Memphis’ hustle plays got them back into the game (plus-5 on offensive rebounds and plus-6 on steals while having 8 fewer turnovers), and Booker’s stamina might have betrayed him as he made only 1 of 4 shots in the third with no assists or rebounds. By the end of the third, Memphis had pulled into a tie at 76-76 after being down 10 at the end of one.
Suns began the 4th with a pair of turnovers for scores, and it began to look ugly as they once again couldn’t find a way to win on hustle.
So Booker had to come back in with 11 minutes to go in the game and already 24 minutes under his belt. In his first game back after missing 10 with a strained groin (adductor).
Booker immediately got his fifth assist and then scored four points, and the Suns were soon back in the lead.
Marquese Chriss had a career high 13 rebounds and two big fourth quarter steals to help the Suns go on a 13-0 run over 5:40 to take a 9-point lead.
Booker finished with 32 points, 6 assists and 4 rebounds before fouling out on a questionable offensive foul call.
Alex Len had 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. T.J. Warren had 17 points.