Suns had a great first half, leading by five points over the leading contender for the top seed in the West, Denver Nuggets
By late third, the Nuggets had taken the lead on intense defense and foul trouble and bad shooting from Devin Booker.
45-39 Suns at half.
Still, the Suns didn’t give up. Their bench, led by Jevon Carter and Tyler Johnson, among with Frank Kaminsky, kept the Suns in the game.
64-62 Nuggets after three.
Suns took the lead early in the fourth quarter, but the Nuggets kept fighting and finally took the lead for good on a trio of Malik Beasley shots (8 points on three shots).
The Suns just could not make enough shots and that’s all it takes to lose in Denver.
Still, the Suns wouldn’t go away. They pulled within one point with 43 seconds left on a pair of Kelly Oubre FTs.
After a big shot by Jokic, the Suns had a chance to tie the game on a three but Booker lost the ball out of bounds.
Booker later made a three to make it a one point game, and then Ricky Rubio drew a foul with 1.8 seconds left and DRAINED ALL THREE FREE THROWS!
Tied at 95-95
But on the first two plays of overtime, both Baynes and Oubre fouled out. And then Rubio was called for an offensive foul on a play he got hurt (but he stayed in).
Then Denver made some big shots — all of Jokic, Murray and Harris — to build a four point lead with two minutes left.
But they would NOT go away. The Suns took the lead back on a pair of free throws by Frank the Tank.
107-106 Suns with just over a minute left.
But with 19 seconds left, Denver took the lead on a pair of FTs by Jamal Murray.
Devin Booker missed the game winner and...