Suns Rally Late, Beat Nets 108-100 in Overtime

Marcus Morris made the tiebreaking basket and scored 19 points, twin brother Markieff Morris and Eric Bledsoe also had 19, and the Phoenix Suns beat the Brooklyn Nets 108-100 in overtime Friday night.

Brandon Knight shook off a poor shooting night to make two baskets in overtime for the Suns, who flirted with NBA infamy by missing their first 21 3-point attempts and trailed by 15 points midway through the fourth quarter.

They were still down by nine with about 4 minutes to play, but shut out Brooklyn for the remainder of regulation, then took the lead for good at 102-100 on Marcus Morris' basket with 1:30 to go.

Knight made the insurance basket with 17.5 seconds left as Phoenix improved to 2-4 in overtime after dropping its first four.

Brook Lopez had 19 points and 13 rebounds for the Nets, who seemed to have control after a 31-11 run spanning the third and fourth quarters. They had a 91-76 lead after rookie Cory Jefferson's three-point play with 5:45 to go, then managed just a free throw by Deron Williams the rest of regulation.

Williams had a miserable night, going 2 for 16.

Knight also struggled, finishing 4 of 16. But two of the baskets were in overtime, and he added seven assists and five rebounds as the Suns won their second straight and moved within 1 1/2 games of Oklahoma City for the No. 8 spot in the Western Conference.

Bledsoe had 10 rebounds and six assists as the Suns stayed just close enough until their outside shots started falling. They were without a 3-pointer until P.J. Tucker hit with 5:36 left in the fourth quarter on their 22nd attempt.

Denver holds the NBA record for futility, missing all 22 attempts against Portland on Dec. 20, 2012. Phoenix finished 3 of 26 (11.5 percent).

Jefferson had 12 points and 13 rebounds in just 17 minutes, helping the Nets turn around the game after he entered for the first time with 4:59 left in the third quarter.

But they stalled from there in their second straight loss, falling into a tie for 10th in the East.


Nets: The Nets presented Lou Carnesecca, who coached them from 1970-73, with a No. 90 jersey. The longtime St. John's coach turned 90 in January. ... Brooklyn lost at Barclays Center to Phoenix for the first time.

UP NEXT: The Nets host Utah on Sunday.

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