No solace. Vince Carter had none for his 3-pointer that sent the Sunday night's game against the Thunder to overtime, because all he could think about as he left Oklahoma City Arena were the two free throws he missed with the Suns trailing by one point in overtime. Channing Frye could not enjoy his career-high 15 rebounds, because he left Oklahoma City with a dislocated right shoulder that will be re-examined Monday. The Suns had 1,000 miles home ahead of them, and their minds were just as far away from a winning road trip because they had just squandered a victory that would have made the trip a phenomenal one. The Suns lost a seven-point lead in the final 3:18 of regulation, got a second chance with their third overtime game in five road stops and lost a lead there, too, in the Thunder's 122-118 victory. The Suns could not celebrate Grant Hill's finest defensive three hours, holding Kevin Durant to 3-of-14 shooting, because they flew home with a loss and still out of the West's eight playoff spots, falling 1 1/2 games behind Memphis after it rallied Sunday night to win at Dallas. Carter, who missed Friday's game due to dizziness from a concussion suffered Wednesday, followed his 33-point effort against the Thunder in Phoenix with 29 points Sunday, hitting his sixth 3-pointer to put the game in overtime. It stood up because Hill smothered Durant on a jumper that missed to end regulation. But with the Suns trailing 117-115 in overtime, Carter was fouled by Thabo Sefolosha on a 3-point miss. Carter made the first free throw but missed the next two.
Suns lose Channing Frye to injury, then fall in overtime to Oklahoma City Thunder
Arizona Republic | Mar 7