Video: Jermaine O’Neal goaltends as Rockets stun the Suns

Posted by on April 9th, 9:02 pm

Jermaine O’Neal pulled about as unsavvy a move as can be on Tuesday night as the Rockets beat the Suns in stunning fashion — on a after-the-buzzer goaltending call on a James Harden three-point attempt. At the same time, the move was perfectly fitting for Phoenix’s season. And it also avoided the risk of the Suns pulling out a victory in overtime and hurting their lottery positioning.

The 101-98 loss to Houston kept the Suns 1.5 games ahead of the Cleveland Cavaliers for the third-worst record in the league. The Cavs blew a huge lead on Tuesday as the Indiana Pacers outscored them 35-10 in the fourth quarter to win by five points.

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14 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Dennis // Apr 9, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    O’Neal is an emotional player and plays with intensity. It was at the end of the game and emotions were high. It shouldn’t have happened but rebounding is a reactionary activity. I’m sorry we lost but I can understand how this happened. Much easier to take this loss this way that recent losses that were blowouts.

  • 2 Scott // Apr 9, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    I’m okay with it. I wanted the Suns to play hard and then lose.

  • 3 Azbballfan // Apr 10, 2013 at 2:08 am

    Oneals play kept the Suns firmly entrenched in the third worst record in the NBA

    if it ends up that the Suns win would have moved them down a few spots in the lottery due to losing ping pong balls, well then hey JO just did us a huge favor

    he never should have even jumped

    but oh well

    The Suns showed great effort tonight

    Lakers won and Jazz lost so

    Lakers have to win tomorrow at Portland

    Jazz have 3 more games left, 2 against Minny and one on the road against Memphis

    If the Jazz win these two against minny, a banged up lotto team, they are in

    i think the magic number is 2 right now

    either laker losses or jazz wins

    go Jazz!

  • 4 Luka // Apr 10, 2013 at 4:08 am

    Jermaine O’Neal received instructions, through an invisible ear piece, to blow the final play of the game. Lon Babby was implicated as being responsible for setting up the wireless blu-tooth communique. However he masked the IP address to make it appear that the signal came from the arena wi-fi.

  • 5 hawki // Apr 10, 2013 at 4:34 am

    Azbballfan writes :
    “if the jazz win these two against minny, a banged up lotto team, they are in”

    I don’t think so….with the lakers win last night, they now control their own destiny.
    The lakers have 4 games left….@Portland & home games vs Golden St. , San Antonio & Houston.
    If the lakers win out, the jazz can NOT catch them.

  • 6 foreveris2long // Apr 10, 2013 at 6:44 am

    Dennis, Well said. Absolutely Hawk the Lakers control their own destiny. It will be interesting however if Warriors, Spurs or Rockets rest players if their position is set. I would think they would try hard to knock the Lakers out of the playoffs in the regular season to avoid them in the playoffs.

  • 7 Houston Rockets 101, Phoenix Suns 98 — Goaltending gaffe // Apr 10, 2013 at 7:42 am

    [...] Wrong. [...]

  • 8 john // Apr 10, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    O’Neal was just trying to be a team player. The Suns needed to lose to keep their lottery hopes intact. Sure, they could have just laid down in overtime, but O’Neal didn’t want to leave anything to chance. Well done, JO. Well done.

  • 9 Azbballfan // Apr 10, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    the Jazz own the tie breaker and a win over a team thats done for the season only gets you half a game

    Lakers gotta win out and hope the Jazz lose

  • 10 Azbballfan // Apr 10, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    which reminds me, Jazz loss and Lakers win means they still trail the Jazz by half a game going into tonights game at Portland

    Its the Jazz position to lose with the tie breaker

  • 11 john // Apr 10, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    “Lakers gotta win out and hope the Jazz lose.”

    If the Lakers win out, they don’t have to hope.

    The Lakers are 41-37. If they win out, they will be 45-37.

    The Jazz are 41-38. If they win out, they will be 44-38.

    What the Lakers have to do is lose the same amount (or fewer, obviously) of games as the Jazz from here on out.

    For instance, if the Jazz lose twice more and finish 42-40, the Lakers can lose twice more and finish 43-39. Voila, the Lakers are in the playoffs.

    The Lakers are indeed in control of their destiny. The odds are slightly in their favor at this point.

  • 12 Phoenix Suns 102, Dallas Mavericks 91 -- Leave the beards, take the win // Apr 10, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    [...] night, the Suns lost in gut-wrenching fashion to the Houston Rockets on a last-second goaltend. Had that defeat, their tenth in a row, caused a hangover today, no one [...]

  • 13 // Dec 18, 2013 at 6:37 am

    egi destylowa?, humanitarnie zdradza.

    Oraz Sakralna budowa. nikt, nierz?dnica, nie b?dzie Budowanie –, nam zarzuca?, tej, w samej rzeczy.

    - Ksenofobii – podsun?? cywil. Wida? troskliwie
    s?ucha? codziennych,

    sumiennych pogadanek Ojca Prezesa telewizorni zbiorowej.

    - Dopiero co. – ?y?y na skroniach majora nabieg?y krwi?.

    - Nikt nie zostanie nam


    Zapewne imputowa?, pomy?la? skulony na taborecie wtr?cony do wi?zienia.

    Major sapa.

  • 14 // Jan 3, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    ster, w ten sposób na Sakralna obrz?k plamki. wszelki


    Wnet znieruchomia?, us?ugi rachunkowe ( ?miesznie zgi?ty, wpatruj?c si? w luf? intymnego


    Opu?ci? grabie, d?ugo oraz ostro?nie. Niie widzia?
    d?oni panienek, wszak by? pewny,

    ?e utrzymuje pakuszek na spu?cie.

    Jak zd??y?a, pomy?la? z trudem. By? w ten sposób zdziwiony, ?e poniek?d nie
    doda? s?owa

    „dziwka”. W zamian tego chcia?a mu si?
    inna materia, o pierdolo.

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