If the Suns truly do not want to be denied a playoff chance, they just need to take on the ways of their emotional leader, P.J. Tucker, on nights like Sunday night when he helped them move back into playoff position by beating Oklahoma City 122-115 at US Airways Center.

Knocked woozy and nose bleeding after a head-on collision with Kevin Durant, Tucker left the court with 37 seconds to go in the third quarter only long enough to change his bloodied jersey in the north tunnel, plug his nostril and head back to the scorer's table at the start of the fourth quarter.

"They were like, 'Are you dizzy?' and I'm like, 'Don't take me out of this game; we're not losing this game,'" Tucker said. "I'm not going to go into concussion and then wake up and we lost. I'll fall out on the court before that happens."

When Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook chased down Eric Bledsoe's breakaway layup try in the final minute with the Suns leading by three, ox-strong Derek Fisher was grabbing the loose ball for Oklahoma City to have a chance to tie when Tucker ripped the ball away.

"I had to have that one," Tucker said. "Those are one of those plays I kind of get known for around here now, making those crazy kind of last-second high rebounds, tough rebounds, extra momentum plays."

The Suns had to have that one, too.

With Memphis (45-32) losing at San Antonio on Sunday night, the Suns (46-31) moved back into eighth place ahead of a Grizzlies team that they have to finish ahead of in the standings because they lose a head-to-head tiebreaker. They have a one-game lead on Memphis with five games to play, including a home date with the Grizzlies on April 14.