For the third time this week, the Phoenix Suns got up on the road by double digits only to see the lead evaporate.
This time the Suns were taken to overtime by the New Orleans Pelicans, who outscored the Suns 34-18 in the fourth quarter after going down 107-93 after three.
The game went to overtime at 125-125 as the Pelicans scored the last 8 points of regulation. Booker missed an open three with 18 seconds left and Brandon Ingram missed a baseline jumper at the buzzer.
The Suns finally began to score again in overtime — why couldn’t they do that a minute ago?! — and finally the Pelicans lost their cool and the game.
Suns win 139-132.
The Suns big stars really showed up big in this one. Devin Booker had 44 points, 9 assists and 8 rebounds. Frank Kaminsky worked his way to 20 points, 6 rebounds and 2 steals. Ricky Rubio had 15 assists as well as 13 points. And off the bench, rookie Cameron Johnson had 18 points and 6 rebounds.
But Kelly Oubre Jr. was the emotional player of the game, to say the least. Kelly grabbed 14 big rebounds, 4 big blocks and 3 huge steals while scoring 14 points.
The Suns won 139-132, out scoring the Pelicans 14-7 in the overtime.
Good thing that twice the Suns were able to close out the win, this time over the New Orleans Pelicans.
Devin Booker helped the Suns take a 20-point lead in the third quarter when he scored 13 straight Suns points and 21 overall in the quarter. By the end of the third quarter, Booker had 33 points on 15 shots, including 5-7 on threes.
The kiddie corps of bench unit surrendered a lot of that lead, though, and before long the Suns lead was down to five (118-113) with six minutes left.
Cameron Johnson was great for the Suns on threes, while Kelly Oubre Jr. brought the swagger and the Suns got a much-needed win on the road to pull back to 10-11 on the season with one game left on the road on Saturday.