The Denver Nuggets (24-28) came back after the All-Star break needing a win to build some momentum going forward and they couldn’t finish– falling to the Phoenix Suns 112-107 via overtime. Phoenix didn’t go down without a fight as they retained the ball off of a miss with 17.8 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. After a missed shot attempt by Channing Frye, his miss would get collected down low by Markieff Morris who put it back up to tie it at 99 with 5.7 seconds remaining.
Wilson Chandler would get a chance for a game-winner on a fade-away shot from the post and would rim off as the Nuggets would head into overtime for the first time this season. Chandler would look up court for Faried during overtime and he would get blocked by Miles Plumlee on a controversial call that would foul him out. Faried made both free-throws to tie it up at 101.
Gerald Green would get fouled while the Suns took the 105-103 and would knock down two free-throws to put the Suns up 107-103 with 15.5 seconds left. Fournier would drive to the hole on Marcus Morris collecting the hoop and the harm. Fournier would knock down his free-throw attempt to bring the Nuggets within one, collecting a career-high with 25 points. They would immediately foul Gerald Green on the inbounds and would knock down both freebies to put the Suns up 109-196 with 8.1 seconds remaining.
Coming off of a timeout, Kenneth Faried would get fouled right away sending him to the stripe. He would only knock down one of the two as they would foul Marcus Morris who hadn’t shot a free-throw the entire night. He would miss the first attempt and on the second one he would convert, pushing the Suns lead to 110-107. The pass out of the timeout would go to center J.J. Hickson and he would attempt a three-ball that went off of front rim as P.J. Tucker hauled in the rebound.
Tucker would seal the game knocking down both free-throw attempts to give the Suns their 31st win of the season. Denver on the other hand would waste a career-high performance from Evan Fournier who came off of the bench, scoring 25 points on 8-of-19 shooting, collecting 8 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals.
Kenneth Faried played well amidst trade talks as he collected 16 first-half points while finishing with 21 points and 10 rebounds. All-Star snub from the Phoenix Suns Goran Dragic would draw fouls all night, converting on 8-of-12 free-throw attempts while finishing with 21 points and 14 assists.
The Denver Nuggets return to action on Thursday night as they hit the road taking on the Milwaukee Bucks. Tip-off is scheduled for 8:00 PM ET, 6:00 PM MT.
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