PHOENIX -- Just when it appeared the Suns had been unofficially excised from the NBA playoff derby by the Los Angeles basketball collective, another uprising occurred.
This time it was a 122-115 triumph over the Thunder on Sunday night at US Airways Center that provided oxygen for their postseason bid.
"This is a win we needed to have," first-year coach Jeff Hornacek said.
Well, with the Grizzlies absorbing a 20-point beatdown in San Antonio on the same night, the Suns could have buckled against the mighty Thunder and still had the same record as the Grizz. But having surrendered the tiebreaker to Memphis, not taking advantage of an opportunity to seize the Western Conference's eighth seed with only five games remaining would have been cause to at least set the alarm clock.
"It shows a lot about our guys," Hornacek said of knocking off second-seeded OKC (55-21) two nights after the Suns thumped the fifth-seeded Trail Blazers in Portland. "These last 10 games ... we've been saying it...