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Jackson, Booker lift Suns over Pelicans in OT, 138-136

NEW ORLEANS (AP) As Josh Jackson's tying 3-pointer fell through the hoop in the dying seconds of overtime, Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry rushed to call a timeout his team didn't have.

Officials had no choice but to assess New Orleans a technical foul that put Suns star Devin Booker on the free throw line with 1.1 seconds left.

Booker calmly hit the free throw to cap his 40-point, 13-assist performance and put the Suns up for good in a 138-136 victory on Saturday night.

''That's the beauty of the sport; you never know what can happen,'' Booker said. ''We came into the locker room - we were looking around and we still don't know what happened, but we'll take the win for sure.''

Gentry was quick to accept blame for calling the timeout that drew the technical foul.

''I thought we had one left,'' Gentry said. ''We didn't have one left. That was all on me. I'll take the hit for that one.''

Jackson, who had 19 points, said he figured Booker would draw multiple defenders when the Suns were setting up for a tying 3-pointer in the final few seconds, ''so I just tried to get as far away from him as I possibly could. And sure enough, he drew two defenders, kicked the ball out and I just stepped up and shot it.''

Jackson also scored the game's final point on a free throw after he was fouled on an inbound pass with less than a second on the clock, capping a game that Suns coach Igor Kokoskov said was unlike any he'd experienced.

''I live and learn,'' Kokoskov said. ''We will remember this game even better because it was a unique and different game that we won.''

Elfrid Payton had 16 points, 16 assists and 13 rebounds in his fourth straight triple-double - all coming in the midst of New Orleans' six-game losing streak.

Julius Randle had 21 points and 11 rebounds, but missed what turned out to be a pivotal free throw with 12 seconds left in overtime.

New Orleans called its final timeout, leading 136-133, after rebounding Booker's missed 3-point attempt with 7 seconds to go. But when play resumed, Payton was whistled for a 5-second violation while trying to inbound the ball.

Anthony Davis, who scored the game's first points on an alley-oop dunk, had 15 points, 11 rebounds, three steals and a block in 22 minutes for New Orleans. The Pelicans trailed 80-75 when Davis left the game for good with 5:15 left in the third quarter, in line with his scaled-back playing time since his trade request in late January.

Kelly Oubre Jr. scored 32 points for Phoenix, which has won five of its past eight games.

TIP-INS

Suns: Deandre Ayton was ejected after being assessed his second technical foul of the game with 1:02 left in the third quarter. Official Eric Lewis assessed the second technical while Ayton complained from the bench about a foul called against him moments earlier that had led Kokoskov to substitute the starting center out of the game. ... Oubre has scored 22 or more in three of his past four games.

Pelicans: Payton joined James Harden, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan and Russell Westbrook as the only players in NBA history to record triple-doubles in as many as four straight games. ... Darius Miller had 16 points, Jahlil Okafor 15 and Ian Clark 11, all off the bench. Jackson scored 14 and Kenrich Williams 10 in starting roles. ... Cheick Diallo had 10 rebounds. ... Latvian Dairis Bertans played for the third time since New Orleans acquired him as a rookie free agent this month. The 29-year-old scored the first points of his career on a 3-pointer late in the third quarter.

FOULED UP

The Pelicans could have tried to foul Booker before he could get off a shot or pass in the final seconds of overtime - a move that would have put Booker on the foul line for two shots instead of letting him find Jackson for a tying 3.

''All of it was just confusion. It's not on one person or, you know, anybody,'' Randle said. ''We all have to communicate a little bit better.''

MISSED OPPORTUNITIES

New Orleans' overtime collapse came after the Pelicans also missed a chance to win in regulation.

After Booker's layup tied the game at 122 with 18 seconds left in the fourth quarter, the Pelicans called timeout to set up the last shot, but Frank Jackson's fade from the top of the key fell short.

UP NEXT

Suns: Host Chicago on Monday night.

Pelicans: Visit Dallas on Monday night.

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Key Players
D. Booker
1 SG
J. Randle
30 C
30.6 Min. Per Game 30.6
21.1 Pts. Per Game 21.1
3.1 Ast. Per Game 3.1
8.7 Reb. Per Game 8.7
45.8 Field Goal % 52.5
45.7 Three Point % 52.6
86.3 Free Throw % 72.6
+ 1 Devin Booker made free throw 0:01
  Unsportsmanlike technical foul 0:01
  Offensive foul 0:01
  Personal foul on Darius Miller 0:06
  Offensive foul on Elfrid Payton 0:07
  NO team rebound 0:07
  Devin Booker missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:09
+ 1 Julius Randle made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:12
  Julius Randle missed 1st of 2 free throws 0:12
  Personal foul on Mikal Bridges 0:12
  Offensive rebound by Julius Randle 0:13
Team Stats
Points 138 136
Field Goals 51-100 (51.0%) 47-102 (46.1%)
3-Pointers 9-29 (31.0%) 15-30 (50.0%)
Free Throws 27-36 (75.0%) 27-41 (65.9%)
Total Rebounds 56 71
Offensive 11 18
Defensive 37 39
Team 8 14
Assists 31 34
Steals 10 11
Blocks 7 4
Turnovers 22 22
Fouls 33 30
Technicals 3 3
40 PTS, 5 REB, 13 AST
16 PTS, 13 REB, 16 AST
1234OTT
away team logo Suns 17-54 3432233316138
home team logo Pelicans 30-42 3129253714136
Team Stats
away team logo Suns 17-54 PPG RPG APG
home team logo Pelicans 30-42 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
D. Booker SG PPG RPG APG FG%
J. Randle C PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
D. Booker SG 40 PTS 5 REB 13 AST
J. Randle C 21 PTS 11 REB 5 AST
51.0 FG% 46.1
31.0 3PT FG% 50.0
75.0 FT% 65.9
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
D. Booker 40 5 13 12/26 3/8 13/18 3 41 0 1 7 1 4 +3 65
K. Oubre Jr. 32 6 2 12/25 2/8 6/7 4 43 2 0 4 2 4 +5 40
D. Bender 13 5 1 6/9 1/3 0/1 6 33 1 1 2 2 3 -9 20
D. Ayton 8 5 1 4/7 0/0 0/0 4 22 1 1 0 3 2 -6 17
D. Melton 6 8 5 3/7 0/1 0/0 4 28 3 0 1 0 8 -7 26
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
D. Booker 40 5 13 12/26 3/8 13/18 3 41 0 1 7 1 4 +3 65
K. Oubre Jr. 32 6 2 12/25 2/8 6/7 4 43 2 0 4 2 4 +5 40
D. Bender 13 5 1 6/9 1/3 0/1 6 33 1 1 2 2 3 -9 20
D. Ayton 8 5 1 4/7 0/0 0/0 4 22 1 1 0 3 2 -6 17
D. Melton 6 8 5 3/7 0/1 0/0 4 28 3 0 1 0 8 -7 26
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Jackson 19 7 3 6/11 2/3 5/6 5 32 1 2 4 2 5 +2 31
M. Bridges 12 5 3 4/9 1/4 3/3 1 39 2 0 1 0 5 +6 24
R. Spalding 8 4 2 4/5 0/1 0/1 5 14 0 2 2 1 3 +13 16
T. Daniels 0 3 1 0/1 0/1 0/0 1 8 0 0 1 0 3 +3 4
J. Crawford - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Holmes - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. King - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Warren - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Evans - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Okobo - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 138 48 31 51/100 9/29 27/36 33 260 10 7 22 11 37 +10 243
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Randle 21 11 5 8/20 0/3 5/8 4 31 1 0 5 5 6 -5 38
E. Payton 16 13 16 5/12 2/2 4/6 4 36 1 0 4 7 6 -7 58
A. Davis 15 11 0 6/11 0/1 3/4 1 22 3 1 2 1 10 0 28
F. Jackson 14 2 1 4/13 3/6 3/4 5 35 0 0 2 1 1 -1 16
K. Williams 10 2 3 4/8 2/3 0/0 5 26 1 0 1 0 2 -8 18
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Randle 21 11 5 8/20 0/3 5/8 4 31 1 0 5 5 6 -5 38
E. Payton 16 13 16 5/12 2/2 4/6 4 36 1 0 4 7 6 -7 58
A. Davis 15 11 0 6/11 0/1 3/4 1 22 3 1 2 1 10 0 28
F. Jackson 14 2 1 4/13 3/6 3/4 5 35 0 0 2 1 1 -1 16
K. Williams 10 2 3 4/8 2/3 0/0 5 26 1 0 1 0 2 -8 18
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
D. Miller 16 2 4 6/10 4/6 0/2 3 32 1 1 2 0 2 -1 26
J. Okafor 15 3 0 5/7 0/0 5/9 2 18 0 1 3 2 1 -4 16
I. Clark 11 0 2 3/6 2/4 3/4 2 13 2 0 1 0 0 +2 16
C. Diallo 10 10 0 4/7 0/1 2/2 4 25 2 1 0 1 9 +9 23
S. Johnson 5 3 2 1/5 1/2 2/2 0 11 0 0 2 1 2 +2 10
D. Bertans 3 0 1 1/3 1/2 0/0 0 10 0 0 0 0 0 +3 5
J. Smith - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Moore - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Holiday - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Hill - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Bluiett - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 136 57 34 47/102 15/30 27/41 30 259 11 4 22 18 39 -10 254