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5-on-5: The best moments of the Suns' 2013-14 season

The Valley of the Suns crew is going 5-on-5 to reflect upon the Phoenix Suns’ memorable 2013-14 year. First up, we give our two cents on what we think are the most memorable games of the year.

1. What’s the most memorable moment of the 2013-14 season?


Ryan Weisert: The March 6 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Suns had lost to the Thunder 11 straight times, and after surrendering 41 points in the 1st quarter, a 12th straight loss look imminent. But then the Suns, as they did so many times this season, clawed their way back. They took a lead in the second half thanks to a career-best night from Gerald Green, and carried it late into the fourth. But the Thunder were too strong, pulling ahead 118-116 with just over four minutes to play. At that point, it looked like OKC had all the momentum and a clear path to victory. But the Suns wouldn’t be denied. Two Goran Dragic buckets put them up for good, and some great team defense helped them secure an unexpected win at home.

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Dave Dulberg: It has to be the final 3:47 of the third quarter in the Suns’ 128-122 victory over the Thunder back on March 6. As the game wore on it became more and more apparent that the two teams were still separated by a sizeable gap in talent, as OKC toyed with Phoenix en route to building a 96-80 advantage. And then it happened. The Suns closed the quarter on a game-altering 21-2 run, highlighted by Gerald Green, who scored 14 of his quarter-high 25 points in that span. It was in that moment that thoughts of staying in the postseason hunt really materialized into something more than a distant pipe dream.


Michael Schwartz: The Jan. 8 game at Minnesota. This was a game the Suns should have lost following an ugly defeat in Chicago shortly after the Bledsoe injury. We didn’t know if the Suns could stay in contention without the UK product quite yet. Phoenix trailed by six with 1:35 left but pulled out an improbable win when Gerald Green made an impossible shot in the final seconds. That win symbolized the spirit and never-say-die attitude of this Suns team. Every time it looked like the magical season would end, it didn’t right down to the last week.


Jeff Sanders: Opening night, when the Suns ran the Portland Trail Blazers — a team that could make a long run in the Western Conference playoffs — out of the gym. Vegas odds-makers had the Suns pegged for 16 to 20 wins and the fan base thought this team had finally gone “all-in” to tank for the draft. But the Suns went to Portland and dominated opening night with a 104-91 win in the kind of way that made you realize that this team may not be that bad.


Kevin Zimmerman: It’s hard to choose between all the great moments for Goran Dragic. His best games seemingly came when he was furthest from 100 percent. First, it was scoring a then-career-high 34 points against the Golden State Warriors, his first game in front of his son. But the moment the Suns bench swarmed The Dragon after he dropped 40 on the Pelicans beats that by a nudge.

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