NEW ORLEANS — Things were a little fuzzy for Phoenix Suns coach Earl Watson after watching Devin Booker tie the game with a tough shot at the regulation buzzer.
“I remember the shot, but honestly I don’t remember the play,” he said. “I’m going to watch (the game) tonight on the plane. I will collect my thoughts and will try to see what I was thinking.
“I know we ran that play for him for sure.”
Booker scored 38 points, including the improbable jumper that tied it at the buzzer, and the Suns beat New Orleans 112-111 in overtime Friday night, keeping the Pelicans winless on the season.
T.J. Warren added 18 points on 4-of-17 shooting for the Suns (2-4), while Eric Bledsoe had 17 points and Tyson Chandler had 12 points and 18 rebounds.
Anthony Davis had 22 points and 11 rebounds for the Pelicans (0-6), while forward Terrence Jones, starting in place of the suspended Dante Cunningham, had 19 points. Though the Pelicans outshot the Suns 46 percent to 43 percent, they managed to shoot just 53.6 percent from the free throw line (15 of 28). The Suns finished 24 of 28 at the line.
The win was second in a row for the Suns who started the season with a four-game losing streak. The Pelicans started 0-6 for the second straight season.
“It’s good that we’re able to get these wins, especially as a young team,” Chandler said. “We’ll start trying to close these teams out earlier, but it does build character in the long run.
“I thought we were on the right track before, but unfortunately we got a couple of losses. But I definitely like the way we’ve been playing all season.”
Booker tied the game at 102 with a fadeaway jumper from the side as time expired. He had made a 3-pointer to tie the game at 100. With 11.7 seconds remaining, Lance Stephenson took the entry pass down the left side of the lane and threw up a fall-away floater, which he watched go in as he fell to the court, leaving 2.1 seconds to play.
“He made a great shot, a contested jump shot,” Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said. “He’s a great player.”
A back-and-forth overtime ended with Pelicans guard E’Twaun Moore making two free throws with 8.6 seconds left after being fouled by Booker, who fouled out. But Warren took an inbounds pass from P.J. Tucker, cut through the lane and dunked, giving the Suns a 112-111 lead. Moore missed a jump shot as time expired.
“I thought we became too cautious at times,” Gentry said. “You can’t play that way. If it doesn’t work out, it doesn’t work out, but you can’t be cautious.”
It was the second straight overtime game for both teams. The Suns beat Portland 118-115 on Wednesday night in Phoenix, while New Orleans fell 89-83 at Memphis the same night.