On a night when the Phoenix Suns were far from perfect, their energy drove them past NBA Leading Utah Jazz. Although Devin Booker missed the potential game winner and was way away from his best, he still managed to keep chucking the ball and scored team-high 35 points. Chris Paul on the other hand knocked 29.
Talking about the Utah Jazz, they were led by Donovan Mitchell who scored game-high 41 points. Bojan Bogdanovic added 20 points, and Rudy Gobert had 16 points and 18 rebounds. The Jazz bounced back from an 11-point halftime deficit to take a 78-77 lead going into the fourth quarter after Mike Conley rattled home a jumper at the buzzer.
Devin Booker, Chris Paul lead Suns past Jazz in OT 117-113
The Suns scored the first five points in overtime and never trailed again. Devin Booker had a couple of clutch mid-range jumpers to keep the Jazz behind and Paul made a 3-pointer with a minute left that pushed Phoenix ahead 114-108.
It was a bruising game and the Suns had a 61-45 rebounding advantage that helped them win despite a mediocre shooting night.
Utah pulled to 114-112 on Mike Conley’s layup with 21 seconds left, but could never tie it. Paul hit two free throws with 7.8 seconds left to finally seal it and wrap up the season series with a game left. Phoenix Suns has won seven in a row.
It was a matchup between two unexpected Western Conference heavyweights that have played even better than expected so far this season. The Jazz lead NBA at 38-13, 1 1/2 games ahead of the Suns (36-14).