PHOENIX - Jason Richardson scored five of his 38 points in an amazing final 1.1 seconds of regulation and, thanks to a made free throw that Rudy Gay intended to miss, the Phoenix Suns went on to a head-shaking 123-118 double-overtime victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday night.
Steve Nash scored 13 of his 25 points in the two overtime periods to send Memphis to its third loss in a row.
Memphis seemed safely ahead when O.J. Mayo’s two free throws made it 98-94 with 3.7 seconds left in the fourth quarter.
But Richardson banked in a 3-pointer to make it 98-97 with 1.1 to go, then Steve Nash fouled Gay on an inbounds pass.
The referees put 0.4 seconds on the clock.
Gay missed the first free throw and clearly intended to miss the other so time would run out. But the shot went in and, after a timeout, the ball moved to Phoenix’s frontcourt .
Grant Hill lofted a perfect lob to Richardson at the rim. The shot went in to tie it at 99 and send the game into overtime.