One shot....for the win

April 11, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

On March 30th, the Houston Rockets hosted the Phoenix Suns in an NBA regular season contest. With the top spot in the Western Conference locked up, the Rockets went up against Phoenix, who was sporting the league's worst record. On paper, it seemed like an easy affair for the Rockets, even without Chris Paul or Eric Gordon in the lineup.

 

 

 

The game was proved to be anything but a breeze for Houston as Phoenix rode some hot shooting and balanced team play enroute to building a 17 point halftime lead. The Suns even stretched their advantage to 21 points in the third quarter before the Rockets fought back, eventually tying the score on a three-point shot by James Harden with 12 seconds left in regulation, 101-101. Then craziness ensued.

 

 

 

 

With an entire arena rooting against them, the Suns stayed calm and took the lead on a Josh Jackson jump shot with 1.4 seconds left, forcing a Houston timeout. After advancing the ball to halfcourt, the Rockets looked to get the ball to James Harden, whom was double-teamed by two Suns' defenders. The double-team subsequently freed up Houston guard Gerald Green, who was wide open behind the three-point line in front of the Rockets' bench. After taking the inbounds pass, Green calmly reached back and fired a three-point shot, a shot that splashed through the net as time expired. The resulting three-pointer gave Houston a 104-103 victory, setting off a wild celebration on the court and in the stands.

 

 

 

All images copyright 2018 Erik Williams/USA Today Sports Images


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