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Suns outlast Bucks in O/T thriller

The Phoenix Suns made it 12 wins from their last 14 games as they edged past the Milwaukee Bucks for a huge road win on Monday night.

The Bucks lose back to back games but remain comfortable in third place in the Eastern Conference.

In a tight first quarter neither team managed to build up a significant lead, Chris Paul led the way with 11 points for Phoenix but his team still went in behind after one.

Phoenix took the lead early in the second, with the Bucks struggling. The home team managed to stay in touch and levelled multiple times throughout the quarter but didn't re-take the lead until the final two minutes of the quarter.

Milwaukee looked as though they had retaken the initiative heading into the break but Chris Paul hit a layup late in the quarter to give the Suns a one point lead at the half. HT: Suns 55-54 Bucks.

It looked as though the Suns would pull away early in the second half but the Bucks pegged them back with a some great hustle plays. Just like Milwaukee in the first half, Phoenix were able to stay in touch while momentum was against them. However, the Bucks dug in and opened up an eight point lead, the biggest of the game for either team, with just over a minute remaining in the third.

The Suns looked to bring the fight early in the fourth but the Bucks stayed resilient and were able to keep Phoenix at arms length before Mikal Bridges levelled the scores from the corner with 2:59 remaining.

This make saw another shift in momentum as the Suns took the lead down the stretch and with less than 50 seconds remaining, Phoenix were up one. Kris Middleton knocked down a treble as the shot clock expired to give Milwaukee a two point advantage but that was quickly erased by a step back jumper from Devin Booker, to send the game to overtime.

The Suns led for majority of O/T and when Devin Booker hit a pullup jumper to stretch the lead to six it appeared Milwaukee's race was run but they fought back once again. Back to back threes from Pat Connaughton & PJ Tucker levelling the scores once more with just over a minute remaining.

Phoenix quickly re-took the lead and thought they'd won it when Bridges hit from three with 25.9 seconds left on the clock but just like in the fourth, Middleton stepped up with an answer for Milwaukee, leveling the scores at 127.

It appeared we were headed for a second overtime period as Devin Booker missed his shot at the buzzer but a foul was called with 0.3 seconds left on the clock. PJ Tucker inadvertently bumping elbows with Booker as he put up his shot. After a review, the decision was confirmed and Booker hit 1 of 2 from the line to secure the win for Phoenix.

The victory was largely down to Phoenix keeping Giannis scoreless for the final 10 minutes of play including overtime.

Booker, Paul & Ayton all hit 20 points for Phoenix as their star trio stepped up big to secure the road win in the most dramatic of fashion. The Suns remain 1.5 games back on the Jazz but have a two game cushion on the third place Clippers. Final Score O/T: Suns 128-127 Bucks.