Green's Jumper Gives Suns the Win Over Minnesota
“It’s nice to be on the winning end of one of those games,” Jeff Hornacek said after the Suns’ huge 104-103 win over the Timberwolves in Minnesota thanks to Gerald Green’s jumper from the corner with 3.9 seconds left.
The Suns (21-13) trailed by six points with just over 90 seconds to play, but closed the game on a 7-0 run for what easily could be considered their most memorable win of the season.
“Nine years in the league and I don’t think I’ve ever had this many reporters by my locker,” Gerald Green said in the locker room afterwards.
Needless to say, the attention was deserved.
Goran Dragic had 26 points, nine assists and six rebounds. Channing Frye scored 22 points and hit five 3-pointers and Green finished with 14 points for the Suns, which was playing the second game of a back-to-back.
Phoenix made 11 three-pointers, assisted on 19 of their 38 field goals and turned the ball over just 12 times.
In the return of Leandro Barbosa to the Suns (three points, three assists, three rebounds in 13 minutes) it was Gerald Green’s shot that ultimately stole the show – and the win.
“They fought over the pick and roll,” Hornacek said of Green’s game-winning jumper. “Goran [Dragic] had it [the ball] and it kind of got scrambled there.
“That wasn’t designed at the end but Gerald [Green] obviously did a good job of hitting that shot.”
Although it was a continual back and forth game, the Suns’ defense on Minnesota’s usual playmakers was superb. Phoenix forced Kevin Love, Kevin Martin and Nikola Pekovic into just 16-of-52 from the field.
Perhaps more importantly, Minnesota had multiple opportunities to seal the game in the end, but the Suns demonstrated amazing resilience en route to the win.
“We just have confidence in one another,” Channing Frye added.
Indeed, Frye's statement is the perfect description of the 2013-14 Phoenix Suns. The team continues their five-game road trip in Memphis on Friday.