Suns pull off buzzer-beating alley-oop to beat Grizzlies
Dec 26, 2017, 10:18 PM | Updated: 11:02 pm
TYSON COMPLETES IT! SUNS WIN!#SunsVsGrizzlies pic.twitter.com/DP1bWTriuh— Phoenix Suns (@Suns) December 27, 2017
The Phoenix Suns used about every second of Tuesday’s game against the Memphis Grizzlies to get the win.
The story of the game was the return of Suns guard Devin Booker — who put up 32 points, six assists and five rebounds — but it was the Suns’ last possession that had the Valley buzzing.
With 0.6 seconds left to play, Dragan Bender found Suns big man Tyson Chandler for the last-second alley-oop slam dunk to give Phoenix the lead — and eventually the 99-97 win — with 0.4 seconds left to play.
“I’ve had that (play) for about 15 years,” Suns interim coach Jay Triano said. “I put it in probably two or three days after I took over the job here.
“It’s a rule that a lot of people don’t know. You cannot goaltend the ball, that isn’t going to count. So I tell our guys shoot the ball in the basket and all Tyson has to do is touch it on the way down or grab the rim and have it hit your knuckle and go in.”
Twitter reacted accordingly.
BENDER TOUCHDOWN TO CHANDLER SUNS WIN
— Kellan Olson (@KellanOlson) December 27, 2017
What a finish! All the credit goes to Coach Jay for drawing up the play and @tysonchandler getting that dunk! 🐉💪🏻
— Dragan Bender (@DBender03) December 27, 2017
Suns win it with a lob at the buzzer…. pic.twitter.com/UgEcUlopp9
— 929ESPN (@929espn) December 27, 2017
suns, to the grizzlies pic.twitter.com/FCORwRJVtY
— Kevin Lipe (@FlyerGrizBlog) December 27, 2017
First Troy Daniels, then Tyson Chandler. It’s okay Grizzlies, we’ve been there before. Go @Suns!!! pic.twitter.com/lUVl2VLNdC
— John Richard (@JohnnyS7ORM) December 27, 2017