Kevin Durant exploded for 39 points as the National Basketball Association (NBA) Phoenix Suns defeated the Utah Jazz in double overtime. The Suns defeated the Jazz 140-137 in double overtime in their 2023-2024 NBA regular-season road game at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Tuesday (Feb. 20).The two teams put on a three-point show throughout the game, combining to make 33 three-pointers, including 18 for Phoenix and 15 for the Utes. Durant finished with 39 points, including four 3-pointers, 10 assists, and eight rebounds to lead Phoenix to its third straight win, Devin Booker poured in 22 points in the second alf, and Eric Gordon contributed 20 points, including five 3-pointers.Utah was led by Lauri Markkanen’s 38 points and 17 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough for the win. Phoenix and Utah started the game in a back-and-forth fashion in the first quarter.
The teams ended the first quarter tied at 30-30, with Phoenix taking a five-point lead into the second. Utah fought back to close to within one point, 84-85, in the third quarter. The two teams combined for 10 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, piling up points at a frightening pace. With just over six minutes left in the fourth quarter, the Utes took an eight-point lead on back-to-back 3-pointers by Makanen and Collin Sexton and a pair of free throws by Talon Horton-Tucker. But Phoenix, spurred on by Durant’s uncharacteristic four straight assists, crawled back into the game on a Gordon 3-pointer with 2:47 left. Utah tied it again with a John Collins three with 1:22 left, and Makanen’s layup crashed the rim again with 20 seconds left in the fourth quarter. However, Phoenix Booker’s rebounded three-pointer at the buzzer clanged off the rim, sending the game to overtime .In the first overtime period, the game seemed to be on the line when Durant’s three-pointer cleared the rim to make it 126-121 with 37 seconds left. But Utah answered with an under-the-basket buzzer-beater from Sexton to send the game to a second overtime .Phoenix regained the lead at the start of the second overtime, led by Durant, who scored eight straight points, before a Grayson Allen three-pointer and two Booker free throws 토토사이트 sealed the game as a three-point victory.