NBA Game Summary - Phoenix at Atlanta
(Friday, January 15th)
Final Score: Atlanta 102, Phoenix 101
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Jamal Crawford sank a game-winning three- pointer as time expired, and the Atlanta Hawks responded from a four-point deficit in the final 10 seconds to improbably defeat the Phoenix Suns, 102-101, at Philips Arena.
Crawford finished with 21 points for the Hawks, who have won five of six and improved to 16-4 at home. Josh Smith provided 20 points and 15 rebounds, while Al Horford had 24 points and nine boards in Atlanta's first win over Phoenix since November 7, 2007.
"I have like nine game-winners, but that one felt the best," Crawford said. "My teammates and coaches had a lot of confidence in me; it just feels good to get the win."
Joe Johnson had 19 points and six assists in the dramatic victory.
Amare Stoudemire had 28 points and 14 rebounds for the Suns, who squandered a double-digit lead for the third time in four games. Phoenix led by 12 at one point in the contest and had blown 20-plus point leads in two of its last three.
Steve Nash contributed 12 points and 11 assists for Phoenix, while Grant Hill had 21 points.
With 40.5 ticks on the clock and the Suns leading by two, Stoudemire got in position down low and gave Phoenix a 98-94 advantage with a short bucket.
The margin remained at four, 100-96, after a pair of Nash free throws with 10 seconds left, but Atlanta got an unconventional three point play when Smith made a free throw, then missed one -- only to have the rebound corralled by Crawford, whose layup with 3.5 ticks left had the hosts within one, 100-99.
"That's about as tough as it gets, guys," said Suns head coach Alvin Gentry. "I thought we did a good job for the most part. Once again we had a team shoot 41 percent against us, and (they) found a way to win. I thought we did a good job; we just couldn't come up with that one play. The one rebound at the end."
Stoudemire made only 1-of-2 from the line with 3.0 seconds to go to put the margin at two. Atlanta inbounded from half court to Crawford, who simply rose up from 28 feet away and sank a game-winning three-pointer as time expired.
"I knew I was going for the win," Crawford said. "We were going to win or lose with that shot. It felt good right from the start; I just wanted to create some speed and then get him backing up a little bit until I was in my comfort zone. I knew I was going to pull it the whole time."
Phoenix trailed by three to start the fourth but scored the first five points of the period to take an 80-78 lead on a Stoudemire basket with nine minutes left.
The Hawks struggled to score in the early minutes, going without a point until Mike Bibby's three-pointer with 7:16 on the clock. Horford's basket a short while later then put Atlanta ahead, 83-82, but Phoenix scored 12 of the game's next 17 points.
Robin Lopez's free throw with 3:19 left provided the Suns with a 94-88 lead, which was quickly erased by a 6-0 Hawks run. Smith's slam off a nifty Crawford dish tied the game at 94 with just under two minutes left.
Crawford, though, turned the ball over on Atlanta's next possession, leading to Nash throwing the ball to a wide-open Goran Dragic, who went in uncontested for a go-ahead basket with 1:08 left.
Hill poured in nine points in the opening quarter, and the Suns took a 25-17 lead after the first 12 minutes.
Atlanta used a strong push in the middle of the second quarter to tie the game several times, although it never took the lead; Phoenix finished the half on a 10-5 spurt to take a 55-50 halftime advantage.
The Hawks came out firing on all cylinders in the third quarter, as an 11-0 spurt over the middle portion gave the hosts a 70-63 lead. Horford had a couple jump shots fall during the stretch, including a 17-footer to end the run with five minutes on the clock.
Phoenix's offense started to pick up at the end of the quarter, and Dragic's basket inside five seconds left sent the Suns into the fourth down, 78-75.
The Hawks improved to 2-0 on a five-game homestand, while Phoenix fell to 0-2 on a four-game road trip...Nash has made 31 straight free throws after going 6-of-6 from the line on Friday...Phoenix is 9-12 on the road...The Suns had beaten the Hawks three straight times and six of the last seven games in Atlanta...Lopez had a season-high 11 points for the Suns, who got 10 points from Dragic...Bibby had eight points and 11 assists for Atlanta.
01/16 00:18:04 ET