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.