The Phoenix Suns moved to 7-6 on the still young NBA season on Sunday night, as they outlasted the Utah Jazz in a double-overtime shootout, 140-137. The organization taking the opportunity to beat up on an opponent they’ve taken some wins off already this season.
In fact this was the team’s third victory over the Jazz, with the Portland Trail Blazers next up for the Suns. The chance to continue to pad out their win total against weaker opposition one that head coach Frank Vogel and his team have cashed in on. Combined with their impressive win over the Minnesota Timberwolves – their best of the season so far
The Suns rode their luck in the overtime win over the Jazz, and for the first time were on the right side of a key call by the referees at the end of the game.
With the clock winding down, it looked like Kevin Durant fouled Lauri Markkanen of the Jazz as he attempted a 3-point shot with time about to expire. Initially that was the call that was ruled on the floor, and it would have given Markkanen – a career 85.7 percent free-throw shooter, the chance to tie it up from the charity stripe and head to triple-overtime.
Only once the officials had a chance to go back and look at the play again, the initial ruling on the floor was overturned, and the Suns escaped Salt Lake City with a second straight win. Was it a foul? You can be the judge of that one, although if we’re being impartial here, there was some contact at the top between the two players, and Durant appeared to land in Markkanen’s area