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Suns' Overtime Triumph Over Jazz Was a Battle Worthy of the Conference Finals

Donovan Mitchell and Devin Booker exchanging haymakers.

Monty Williams and Quin Snyder matching wits.

Rudy Gobert and DeAndre Ayton battling in the paint.

And in the closing seconds, with the fate of the most significant regular season game of the year still hanging in the balance, the oldest player on the floor coming up big.

It’s April, right around the time the pre-COVID NBA playoffs usually start, so it was fitting that there was a postseason-like atmosphere in Phoenix on Wednesday night. The Jazz and Suns entered the game with the NBA’s two best records, and after Phoenix squeezed out a 117-113 overtime win there wasn’t a person tuned into this nationally televised drama that doubted either was worthy of them.