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Watch Durant force OT then score eight in it, leading Suns to win over Nuggets

Phoenix Suns v Denver Nuggets

DENVER (AP) — Kevin Durant was off the mark with his jumper – until it mattered most.

Durant scored 35 points, including eight in overtime, and the short-handed Phoenix Suns rebounded after blowing a 22-point lead in the second half to beat the Denver Nuggets 117-107 on Tuesday night.

After scoring just 12 points in the fourth quarter, the Suns erupted for 15 in OT, led by Durant and Bradley Beal, who had five of his 16 in the extra period.

Durant’s biggest shot of the night was a game-tying, step-back 3-pointer with 26.6 seconds remaining. He was 3 of his previous 17 from the floor leading into that shot. But there was no doubt he was taking it.

“I knew coming across half-court, ‘This is do-or-die right here, I’ve got make this shot or it might be game,’” said Durant, who was 14 of 34 from the floor. “My fundamentals were right on that one.

“It felt good leaving my hands. … I just love hearing the crowd go silent. That’s always a good feeling on the road.”

Grayson Allen hit eight 3-pointers and scored 28 points to help the Suns snap a two-game slide.

Trailing 77-55 early in the third, Denver went on a furious comeback to turn what was looking like a rout into a thriller. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:30 remaining, followed by a Jamal Murray basket to make it 102-99.

Durant tied it and set the stage for Nikola Jokic, whose last-second floater missed to send the game into overtime.

“I’ve seen (Jokic) make that 95 out of 100 times,” Murray said. “We all thought it was going in.”

Murray finished with 28 points while Jokic added 25 points, 16 rebounds and five assists as the Nuggets had their six-game winning streak halted.

“Such a winnable game. That may be one of the worst losses we’ve had,” Murray said. “It’s tough. It’s just tough.”

Allen hit eight straight 3-pointers, but missed his final four once the Nuggets put Caldwell-Pope on him as a primary defender.

“They all felt good leaving my hands,” Allen said. “Saw a few go in early and got more aggressive with the ones I was taking and they kept going in.”

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Publish date : 2024-03-06 13:23:55

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