NAZ Suns Drop Christmas Day Double Overtime Thriller To Skyforce

26 December 2016   Jake Withee
Suns’ Millsap finishes with 24 points and 12 rebounds, Skyforce’s Weber achieves triple-double

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- The Northern Arizona Suns had their chances to spoil the Sioux Falls Skyforce’s Christmas, but in the end it was the Suns who gave the Skyforce a big gift at the end of overtime, and NAZ lost 96-94 in double overtime.

Up two points with 1.5 seconds left in the first extra period, the Suns fouled Marcus Posley on a three-point field goal. Posley missed the first free throw but made the next two to send the game into double overtime. There, the game was tied with under 30 seconds to play before Okaro White hit an 11-foot jump shot with 25.4 seconds remaining to win the game.

Elijah Millsap put up what would have been the go-ahead three-point field goal with 3.5 seconds left on the clock, but it was not to be.

Millsap achieved his third double-double with his 24 points and 12 rebounds, and added six assists.

Briante Weber recorded his third triple-double of the season. The D-League only has five other players this year who have succeeded in reaching a triple-double, with Josh Gray earning one of those the last time these two teams met up in Prescott Valley.

Weber put up 25 shots on the night in the midst of Weber’s triple-double, and he was a part of the team’s 39-of-108 clip (.361). For the second game in a row and for just the second time all season, the Suns lost while outshooting their opponent, as NAZ finished 41-of-94 from the field (.436).

The game was a real treat for the nearly 3,000 fans in attendance, seeing 13 ties and 11 lead changes. The Suns led by five points with two minutes remaining, but the Skyforce turned the defense on, holding NAZ to just one point the rest of regulation and not allowing anything until a Millsap free throw with 26.8 seconds left in the first overtime period.

Johnny O’Bryant joined Millsap in the double-double party, recording 13 points, 13 rebounds, two steals and two blocks. Josh Gray scored 19 points on 9-of-12 shooting, to go along with four assists. Derrick Jones Jr. earned his first start since being re-assigned by the Phoenix Suns, and achieved 10 points, eight rebounds and five blocked shots.

Keith Benson led all scorers with 25 points on 11-of-19 shooting, seven rebounds and three blocks. Posley scored 16 points on 5-of-22 shooting, including 4-of-10 from the three point line. White rounded out the double-digit scoring with 11 points and nine rebounds.

The Suns continue their three-game road trip with a game at Santa Cruz on Thursday at 8 p.m. MT. The Skyforce also play at Santa Cruz next, with their game slated for Tuesday at 9 p.m. CT.