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Phoenix 133, New Orleans 126
When: 10:00 PM ET, Friday, April 5, 2019
Where: Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix, Arizona
Officials: #29 Mark Lindsay, #72 JT Orr, #15 Zach Zarba
Attendance: 16410

Josh Jackson scored 35 points, including eight in overtime, as the host Phoenix Suns held off the New Orleans Pelicans 133-126 on Friday night.

Jamal Crawford added 28 points, Ray Spalding had a career-high 21 points and 13 rebounds, Troy Daniels scored 14, and Dragan Bender had 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Suns, who went 2-3 on a five-game homestand. Phoenix was without five key players, including guard Devin Booker, who suffered a season-ending ankle injury in a 118-97 home loss against Utah on Wednesday.

It was the second overtime win for Phoenix (19-61) over New Orleans (32-48) in three weeks. Jackson made a tying 3-pointer as the Suns scored five points in the final 2.2 seconds of the extra period in a 138-136 victory at New Orleans on March 16.

Julius Randle had 31 points and 14 rebounds, Ian Clark scored a season-high 24 points and Christian Wood scored 17 to lead the Pelicans. Elfrid Payton had 14 points and 12 assists, Cheick Diallo had 12 points and 11 rebounds and Jahlil Okafor added 11 points as New Orleans lost for the 12th time in 14 games.

Phoenix scored the first four points of overtime and took command when Jackson's second 3-pointer of the period gave it a 129-121 lead with 1:23 left.

New Orleans had its highest-scoring first half of the season in taking a 76-65 halftime lead and built the margin to 15 twice in the third quarter. But Phoenix went on a 17-0 run to take an 86-84 lead, only for the Pelicans to recover and grab a 99-96 lead at the end of the quarter.

The Suns tied the score again at 101 before Randle's layup put the Pelicans back on top.

Jackson's 3-pointer pulled the Suns even at 115 with 2:39 remaining.

Randle made one of two free throws, but De'Anthony Melton's tip-in gave the Suns a 117-116 lead with 30 seconds left.

Randle missed two free throws, but Phoenix coach Igor Kokoskov was called for a technical for being on the court, and Clark made the technical field goal to tie the score with 22 seconds left.

Crawford missed a pull-up 3-pointer to send it to overtime.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
 
New Orleans   Phoenix
Julius Randle 31 Scoring Josh Jackson 35
Elfrid Payton 12 Assists Jamal Crawford 7
Julius Randle 14 Rebounds Ray Spalding 13
Christian Wood 7 Free Throws Made Jamal Crawford 6
Ian Clark 2 Steals Jamal Crawford 3
Kenrich Williams 2 Blocks Dragan Bender 7
Team Stats Summary
 
Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
New Orleans 126 48.5 8-23 20-27 28 53 4 4 15
Phoenix 133 49.0 14-36 17-21 27 46 11 12 7
Upcoming Games
  • Phoenix will play their next game on the road against Houston. The Suns have a W/L % of .278 after a win and .226 after a loss.
  • New Orleans will play their next game on the road against Sacramento. The Pelicans have a W/L % of .375 after a win and .417 after a loss.