Watch Eric Bledsoe’s buzzer-beating three to drop the Blazers
Eric Bledsoe had to do it twice.
His go-ahead driving bank shot against the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday put the Phoenix Suns ahead by two points with 1.1 seconds left in the fourth quarter.
But the Suns fell victim to a pretty Terry Stotts out-of-bounds play that drew attention away from big man Meyers Leonard, who slipped a screen to find himself wide open for a layup at the buzzer that forced overtime.
Phoenix would control the overtime period but with a 115-112 lead and six seconds left, Devin Booker fouled Portland’s Damian Lillard with a slight shove on a made layup. Lillard’s made free throw tied it, and again the Suns called on Bledsoe to make lemons out of one final possession.
He did, hitting a fadeaway, stepback jumper over Lillard as the horn sounded to push the Suns to their first win of the 2016-17 season, a 118-115 final score.
Bledsoe finished with 20 points on the evening.
Many might have missed Bledsoe’s heroics. He hit his shot just as the Chicago Cubs closed out the 10th inning of their 8-7 win over the Cleveland Indians in Game 7 of the World Series.
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