FRISCO, Tex. – “Game!”
If that wasn’t what Askia Booker said when he rose up and hit the game-winning shot in overtime to lift the Suns (20-21) to victory, he was certainly thinking it.
Booker scored all six Suns’ points in the three-minute extra period, including a step-back, 18-foot jumper at the buzzer to get Northern Arizona the win in Texas 120-118.
The former Colorado Buffaloes guard finished with 29 points on 10-of-20 shooting, seven rebounds and five assists. He was a perfect 3-for-3 in overtime, battling Dallas Mavericks’ assignee Manny Harris step-for-step in crunch time.
Harris led all scorers with 31 points on 11-of-26 shooting, including 12 points in the fourth quarter.
The Suns, coming off a loss at the Dr. Pepper Arena on Tuesday, fell behind early, trailing the Legends (20-20) by nine points after the first quarter.
Better shooting in the second quarter and 10 points by Josh Gray off the bench willed the Suns into winning the frame by 13 points. They entered the locker room at the break up four, thanks to a trio of players, as Booker, Gray and Elijah Millsap each tallied 14 points in the first half alone.
Northern Arizona extended its lead by a point after the third quarter. A wild fourth quarter that saw Legends’ Bob MacKinnon get ejected inspired Texas into winning the frame by five. They would’ve won the game if it wasn’t for Gray, who saved a ball from going out of bounds, which led to a Michael Bryson alley-oop finish at the other end that tied the game with less than a minute left.
The Suns almost matched their season-high in rebounds, finishing with 57 compared to the Legends’ 45. NAZ also extended its streak to seven games of making at least 11 three-pointers, finishing 12-of-29 from distance tonight.
Millsap followed his near triple-double by dropping 29 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the three-point line, while also securing nine rebounds. Gray tallied 22 points on 8-of-14 shooting and five assists.
Washington Wizards’ assignee Chris McCullough recorded 13 points and nine rebounds, while Derek Cooke Jr. and Shaquille Harrison were big on the boards, grabbing 11 and 10 rebounds, respectively.
One of the unsung heroes for the Suns was Bryson, who finished with a plus-minus mark of +29 off the bench. He notched 10 points and five rebounds.
Besides Harris for the Legends, Stephane Lasme finished above 20 points, recording the game’s lone double-double with 21 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks.
The Suns finished their three-game road trip at 2-1 and will head back home to play the Sioux Falls Skyforce on Sunday at 5 p.m. MT. The Legends will cap off an eight-game homestand on Saturday against the Delaware 87ers at 6:30 p.m. MT.