The Rundown: Suns escape Jazz in double overtime

Published November 20, 2023, 2:00 PMYoyo Sarmenta

Kevin Durant led with 39 points as the Suns won back-to-back against the Jazz.


76ers 121, Nets 99

Raptors 142, Pistons 113

Magic 128, Pacers 116

Cavaliers 121, Nuggets 109

Kings 129, Mavericks 113

Suns 140, Jazz 137 (2OT)

Celtics 102, Grizzlies 100

Thunder 134, Trail Blazers 91

Lakers 105, Rockets 104

What went down

It took an overturned call to put an end to the double overtime barnburner between the Suns and the Jazz. 

Lauri Markannen attempted a last-second 3-pointer and was fouled by Kevin Durant. The initial call would have allowed Markannent to shoot three free throws. However, the call was overturned after a lengthy review. 

Several players filled the stat sheet led by Durant who had 39 points, 10 assists, and was two rebounds away from a triple-double. Devin Booker added 26 points and eight dimes. 

For the Jazz, Markannen’s double-double of 38 points and 17 rebounds were all for naught. He was backstopped by Talen Horton-Tucker who had 25 points off the bench. 

Big-time baller

LeBron James continues to add to his legacy in Year 21. He’s been playing extremely well and his output against the Rockets was another vintage performance. He finished with a season-high 37 points alongside six rebounds, eight assists, and three steals. 

James had 13 points in the fourth quarter, including the go-ahead free throw with 1.9 seconds left. With the game tied at 104 apiece, he drove baseline and was fouled going to the cup. He missed the first, but made the second to give the Lakers the victory. 

What he said

After making the playoffs last year, the Kings want more. Sacramento has now won six straight and here’s head coach Mike Brown in the locker room with a message to his team. 

Did you see that?

Well, this is something you don’t see every day. A fan got hurt while attempting a half-court shot. Tough break for the fan who got injured and wasn’t able to get the cash prize. Let’s hope he recovers quickly!

Extra Pass

The Rockets and the Warriors rekindle their rivalry tomorrow at 11:00 AM on NBA League Pass. 

These two franchises have played in a handful of playoff series in the late 2010s and even though the rosters may have changed, some of the central figures of that rivalry are still there. 

The current Rockets haven’t been relevant since the departure of James Harden but they’ve shown that this iteration wants to win. They have a 6-5 record and have a new identity under new coach Ime Udoka. Plus, Dillon Brooks is there and you know he has some beef with Golden State. 

For the Warriors, they are still bannered by Steph Curry. Houston fans remember well how the two-time MVP used to torch them in the postseason. Curry is still playing at an elitel level at 35 years old and has shown no signs of slowing down. The team also has Chris Paul, who had a brief career with the Rockets. 

Expect an explosive matchup between the two proud franchises.