Rookie point guard Tyler Ulis hit a game-winning three-pointer at the buzzer on Saturday to send the Phoenix Suns to the semifinals of the NBA Las Vegas Summer League Tournament.
Playing against the Denver Nuggets and former Kentucky teammate Jamal Murray, Ulis hit a deep three from the right wing to give Phoenix an 82-81 overtime victory.
“I felt like I wanted the shot,” Ulis told NBA TV after the game. “It was a big time in the game, and I felt like I could take it and I made it.”
Murray, also a rookie, had given the Nuggets an 81-79 lead with 1.8 seconds left. Ulis stripped the ball, but Murray found it, spun to the basket and laid it in with 1.8 seconds left in overtime.
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“I knew it was going to be in (Murray’s) hands,” Ulis said. “I didn’t know he was going to ‘iso’ me like that. I tried to play as much defense as possible. He got it back and made a play.”
Ulis finished with 19 points and four assists.
Murray had a game-high 29 points on 13-for-26 shooting with seven rebounds.
Ulis saluted his former UK teammate after the game.
“I love how he played,” Ulis said. “It was on me, unfortunately, so I love to see him doing his thing out there. We both feel like we’re two of the best players that came through this draft, and we try to prove it.”
Phoenix will play the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday.