A huge New Orleans Pelicans' brain fart pathed the way to a Phoenix Suns victory on Saturday night.
Former Suns coach Alvin Gentry played the role of Chris Webber in this re-imagining of the former Michigan's stars National Championship blunder. Gentry called a timeout New Orleans did not have following a clutch Josh Jackson three pointer to tie the game with 1.1 seconds left in overtime. The Pelicans were accessed a technical foul and Devin Booker hit the go-ahead free throws leading the Suns won the game 138-136.
Booker says the Suns didn't know exactly what the hell happened but weren't about to turn away a victory. Gentry accepted blame and noted he was wrong in believing New Orleans owned one more timeout.
The final free throws gave Booker 40 points on the night and the Suns their 17th victory of the season. Phoenix is 6-and-4 over its last 10 contests.
The Suns have two less wins than Chicago and remain one of the three worst teams in the NBA. If they can maintain their position in the standings through the final 11 games the Suns will have a 14-percent chance along with the lowly Knicks and Cavs at the top pick in the Zion Williamson lottery. Phoenix needs four wins down the stretch to ties its 21-win campaign last season and five to pass the franchise-worst mark.