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Phoenix Suns snakebitten when it comes to buzzer-beaters

When it comes to buzzer-beaters, if it wasn’t for bad luck, the Phoenix Suns wouldn’t have any luck at all.

Sunday, Sacramento’s DeMarcus Cousins took an 18-foot jumper which hit the back rim, then the front rim, then rolled around and fell through to give the Kings an 85-83 win over the Suns at Sleep Train Arena.

It was the Suns’ fourth loss at the buzzer in a span of 32 games.

According to ESPN’s Stats and Info, it’s been a long time since we’ve seen such an unlucky team at the end of contests in the NBA.

The “fun” started back on Dec. 8, when Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers used every part of the rim on a three-pointer that sunk the Suns 121-120 in overtime.

Exactly a week later, Milwaukee’s Khris Middleton threw up a wild three-point attempt, which banked off the backboard, hit the front rim and fell in to give the Bucks a 96-94 win at US Airways Center.

Last month, it was Houston’s James Harden, who became the latest in an ever-growing line of opponents to rip the Suns’ collective heart out. In a game tied at 111, Harden took the inbound pass and stood between the circles as the clock ran down. The All-Star started his move, and launched a step-back jumper that rattled through the net as time expired.

And then Sunday, it was Cousins who added to the Suns’ late-game misery.

In addition to becoming the answer to a painful trivia question, the ramifications of these losses could be long-lasting for the Suns. Phoenix is currently 29-24 and clinging to the final Western Conference playoff spot. They hold a one-game lead over New Orleans and a two-game advantage over Oklahoma City with 29 games remaining.

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