5 peculiarities from the Phoenix Suns’ fluky win over Charlotte

Phoenix Suns, Kelly Oubre (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Phoenix Suns (Photo by Brock Williams-Smith/NBAE via Getty Images)
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The Phoenix Suns beat the Charlotte Hornets on Monday night in one of the most improbable final minute comebacks in a decade. That wasn’t even the most peculiar thing.

Sports Center reported the Phoenix Suns are 1-357 since 2010-2011 when trailing by seven points or more in the final 2:00 of the game.

Make that 2-357.

After being up by 20 at halftime, you would not have thought the Suns would have needed to get lucky to win the game, but the Suns got lucky to beat the Charlotte Hornets.

Fluky as it may have been, it was also awesome, and it likely made a lot of beat writers out there rewrite their narrative on the game.

Because make no mistake, this would have been a bad, bad loss for the Suns had they not pulled off this miracle in a must-win game.

It started off so well.

In the first half, the Phoenix Suns looked like the Suns of the first few games of the season. They played relentless defense, grabbed every loose ball, and passed with ease on offense, cutting, attacking, and shooting with the type of fluidity that made them so fun to watch before their recent slippage.


That is the word head coach Monty Williams used to describe the Suns’ recent struggles, and epitomizes their second half performance against the Charlotte Hornets.

Credit to the Hornets, who could have easily folded at the half. They cleaned up their first half sloppy play, and after cutting into the lead, saw blood in the water and attacked.

It culminated to a seven point lead with just over a minute to go in the game. The glum looks on the entire Suns roster said it all. Fans headed to the exits. The entire Suns’ season, it seemed, deflated on a Monday night in Charlotte.

Enter Kelly Oubre Jr. and his Vally Boyz swag. Hopefully you did not flip over to Monday Night Football too early.