I don’t even have to put any content into this post besides the end-of-game quotes, followed by the highlights of what the heck just happened.
This is for those of you who missed the Suns game yesterday because of the best weather we’ve seen in months, and for those of you without the right kind of cable package and those of you not on twitter or subscribing to azcentral.com or twitter.com.
First the quotes, taken by madman Duane Rankin who’s followed all these home and road losses this season, finally getting a chance to compile a set of FUN post-game quotes in a nicely spliced video of player and coach reactions.
"We came in the locker room and we’re looking around like, we still don’t know what happened. We’ll take the win for sure.”— Duane Rankin (@DuaneRankin) March 17, 2019
Devin Booker and #Suns teammates, along with head coach Igor Kokoskov, talk about the wild finish to Saturday's overtime win at New Orleans. pic.twitter.com/14DFv95n9S
Now you want to SEE what happened? Okay, here it is.
Oh, poor Alvin Gentry. Sheesh.
None of the replays showed the Pelicans’ first gaff: the only reason the Suns were inbounding the ball with 7.7 seconds left is because New Orleans couldn’t get it in and lost possession on the 5-second rule. Gentry even tried to call timeout THEN, which should have resulted in the Suns getting a free throw AND the ball (which could have put them down two), but the refs chose to just give the ball to the Suns, down three.
Then Josh Jackson happened (which I think was meant for Troy Daniels, but okay Josh).
Then Alvin happened again.
Other notes from the game:
- The Suns played the entire 4th and overtime without Deandre Ayton (ejected for arguing), and the whole game without Tyler Johnson, Richaun Holmes and of course T.J. Warren
- Devin Booker had 40 points and 13 assists — his most assists in a 40+ point game of his career
- Kelly Oubre Jr. had a career high 32 points, along with 6 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals
- Josh Jackson had 19 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks and a steal
- Dragan Bender had 13 points, 5 rebounds and an assist, steal and block before fouling out
- Rookie Ray Spalding — the 5th rookie to score for the Suns this season — had the first points of his career and looked pretty good with 8 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 blocks (George King played 6 minutes in a game earlier this year, but did not score)
The win puts them at 17-54 with 12 games left to play, guaranteeing not to have the worst record in franchise history, at least. Let’s see if they can approach last year’s 21 wins now.