PHOENIX SUNS

By odds and margin of victory, Suns’ overtime vs. Cavaliers was historic

May 5, 2021, 8:41 AM

Phoenix Suns' Devin Booker, right, passes against Cleveland Cavaliers' Isaac Okoro in the first hal...

Phoenix Suns' Devin Booker, right, passes against Cleveland Cavaliers' Isaac Okoro in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, May 4, 2021, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

(AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Messing around with the Cleveland Cavaliers in regulation, the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday gave an underdog a chance to topple them from the NBA standings.

Until overtime began.

The Suns scored 15 straight points and finished overtime with a 20-4 scoring advantage to beat the Cavaliers in Cleveland by a final of 134-118.

The 16-point victory was historic.

Only the Portland Trail Blazers have outscored an opponent by more in an overtime session. In 1983, they won a game 113-96 by holding the Houston Rockets scoreless in the extra five minutes.

A 1977 game won by the Milwaukee Bucks over the New Jersey Nets — by the same 134-118 score as the Suns’ victory — is the third and only other time a team has outscored an opponent by more than 15 points in overtime.

Back in 2021, there were betting consequences thanks to Phoenix’s closing five minutes.

The Suns (47-18) entered the game against the bottom-five Cavaliers (21-44) as 12.5-point favorites.

It sure didn’t look by the end of the fourth quarter that the visiting team would cover. Not as rookie Isaac Okoro bullied his way for a game-tying basket with 25 seconds to go in the fourth quarter, giving him a career-high 32 points.

But then the Suns’ defense locked in, holding the Cavaliers scoreless for the first 3:25 of the extra period.

Phoenix became the first team in 30 seasons to cover a double-digit spread in overtime, according to ESPN Stats & Info.

That research unsurprisingly made its way to Scott Van Pelt’s SportsCenter, and the show scrambled for an emergency Bad Beats segment.

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