Durant leads Suns to back-to-back victory over Jazz in three days
SALT LAKE CITY — Kevin Durant totaled 39 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds to lead the Phoenix Suns to a 140-137 double overtime win over the Utah Jazz on Sunday night.
Devin Booker scored 22 of his 26 points after halftime and tallied eight assists for the Suns. Eric Gordon added 20 points and six assists. Jusuf Nurkic chipped in 18 points and 12 rebounds. Grayson Allen finished with 14 points, including the game-winning basket.
Phoenix won its third straight game overall and beat the Jazz for the second time in three days.
Utah twice rallied from an 11-point first-half deficit and trailed for the bulk of four quarters before Markkanen tied it on a putback layup with 20.3 seconds to go in regulation to force overtime.
Gordon scored three baskets to give Phoenix a 123-118 lead less than two minutes into the first overtime. The Suns never trailed during that five-minute stretch and seemingly clinched a victory on Durant’s 3-pointer with 35.6 seconds remaining in the first overtime.
But Markkanen hit two free throws in the final seconds to cut the deficit to one. Then, after Gordon went 1-of-2 from the line, Sexton forced a second overtime with another putback layup just ahead of the buzzer.
Suns: Host Portland on Tuesday in a NBA In-Season Tournament game.
Jazz: Visit the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday for a NBA In-Season Tournament game.