Jamal Crawford played hero for the Phoenix Suns on Friday as they upset the Milwaukee Bucks on the road, 116-114.
With 12 seconds on the clock, the Suns tried to work up an inbounds play for their young superstar Devin Booker, who had 29 points on the night. When the Bucks took the Suns' No. 1 option away, Crawford was called upon to step up to the occasion.
At 38-years-old, one of the league's best one-on-one players in recent history made the most of his opportunity.
"THE VETERAN J-CROSSOVER WITH 0.8...KNOCKS IT DOWN!"- NBA (@NBA) November 24, 2018
Jamal Crawford wins it for the @Suns in Milwaukee! #TimeToRise pic.twitter.com/DVhu6xWHbB
Leaving 0.8 seconds on the clock, the Bucks had a slim chance to match that shot to win the game. Khris Middleton got it to go, only it was just after the buzzer:
"Khris Middleton has shown he can make these shots, just a beat too late." pic.twitter.com/xuH523hgnj- Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) November 24, 2018
Crawford had 11 points on 13 shots, three rebounds and two assists in 24 minutes off the bench.
While the Suns led by as much as 12 points with four minutes remaining in the third quarter, the Bucks finished the quarter on an 11-0 run to make it a one-point game going into the fourth. Milwaukee held a 114-108 lead with 3:26 left in the game, but a Trevor Ariza three and a TJ Warren and-1 tied the game, leading to Crawford's game-winner.
Malcolm Brogdon scored 13 points on 4-for-4 shooting in the final frame to try and will the Bucks to victory, but their effort came up just short - a tenth of a second short actually.
After the game, Booker took to Twitter to tell everyone Crawford knew exactly how that game was going to end:
J crossover!!! OG told me before the play what was gonna happen✊🏽✊🏽- Devin Booker (@DevinBook) November 24, 2018
The Bucks fall to 13-5, second in the Eastern Conference, while the Suns pick up their fourth win of the season at 4-14.