Phoenix outlast Utah in Over Time win
The Phoenix Suns made it seven wins on the bounce on Wednesday night but they were made to work for it by the Western Conference leading, Utah Jazz.
The Jazz's nine game win streak came to an end on Monday and they have now lost back to back games for just the third time this season.
The Suns had the hot hands to begin the game as they took a 13-2 lead early in the first quarter. The Jazz found their touch midway through the first however and went into the second quarter with a one point lead.
Phoenix's star man, Devin Booker, was just 1 of 6 in the first quarter while also being responsible for all five of the Suns turnovers in the opening quarter.
Suns began the second quarter with Booker on the bench and they quickly regained the lead as both teams began to exchange buckets. However, when Booker returned, he was like a new man and proved the key as Phoenix opened up a double digit half time lead.
Booker scored 12 points to dovetail well with the impressive defensive performance of DeAndre Ayton as the Suns went into the break leading 51-40.
The half time break appeared to serve the Jazz well as they came out looking determined to get back to winning ways. In another close quarter the Jazz ultimately scored just two points less than they managed in the entire first half.
Inspired by the performances of Mike Conley & Donovan Mitchell the Jazz ended the third with the lead thanks to a buzzer beater from Conley.
The teams once again traded buckets throughout the fourth quarter, with neither side able to pull away. The top two teams in the West are also two of the top defensive teams in the league and it showed in this head to head.
The teams traded leads back and forth before Jae Crowder hit a three pointer with 2 minutes remaining to give Phoenix a four point lead. This was quickly answered by a Donovan Mitchell four footer before Rudy Gobert cut the lead to one from the free throw line.
Chris Paul pushed the lead back out to three with a 15 footer from the corner with just 90 seconds to go. Paul & Booker then both had shots to seal the win but failed to convert and they were made to pay as Donovan Mitchell sunk a 26 foot three pointer with just 10 seconds remaining.
In a game which ultimately had six ties and 11 lead changes, it was only fitting that it would be settled in overtime.
Devin Booker led the way with 28 points in regulation time for Phoenix and he was put through for an easy layup straight off the tip as the Suns scored the first five points in O/T. Booker went on to add another five points to his tally in the extra period as the Suns led the entire way.
The Jazz closed to within two points of forcing a second overtime period but Chris Paul sunk two clutch free throws with 8 seconds remaining to ice the win for Phoenix.
The head to head between the two teams holding the best records in the NBA was everything we wanted it to be with Booker & Mitchell dueling and a back & forth battle ultimately settled in overtime.
Mitchell led the way for Utah with 41 pts 8 rebs & 3 assists while Bogdanovic added a further 20 points with Rudy Gobert dropping 16 pts & 18 rebounds.
As for Phoenix, Booker led the way with 35 pts 4 rebs & 3 assists to go along with 29 point, 9 assist performance from Chris Paul and an 18 pts 12 rebs & 3 block effort from DeAndre Ayton.
The Suns now sit just 1.5 games back on the Jazz in the Western Conference. Final Score Utah 113-117 Suns.