Archie Goodwin knocked down a long three-pointer with 0.1 seconds remaining to send the Atlanta Hawks to their second straight defeat in a 98-95 loss to the Phoenix Suns. While the scoreboard showed a slim three-point margin, Atlanta was outplayed for most of the game and were very fortunate to have a chance at the end.
The Hawks took a 23-20 lead with 1:44 remaining in the first only to watch the Suns finish the quarter with a 9-0 run to take a 29-23 advantage. Atlanta would play from behind the rest of the way and trailed by as many as 15 points in the second half before mounting a comeback.
Kent Bazemore scored 18 of his 21 points in the second half and was at the center of a wild sequence late in the fourth quarter. Bazemore missed a dunk attempt that would have brought Atlanta to within one. In a race for the loose ball, Kyle Korver turned it over but Phoenix was unable to cash in on three wild attempts at the other end. Atlanta finally secured the rebound and Dennis Schroder eventually found Bazemore for a game-tying three with 47.4 remaining.
Goodwin missed a go-ahead attempt but Tyson Chandler tapped in the miss with 24.6 remaining to put the Suns back up by two. Chandler finished with 13 points and a game-high 27 rebounds. The Hawks came right back as Bazemore scored and was fouled on an acrobatic attempt with 21.4 remaining. He would miss the ensuing free throw however, setting the Suns up with an opportunity to win or go to overtime.
Atlanta defended the final possession well and forced Goodwin into a desperation attempt over the outstretched arm of Thabo Sefolosha. The Hawks opted not to foul despite having one to give in the final moments.
Atlanta finished the game at 41 percent shooting from the field and were 12 for 34 from three-point range. Dennis Schroder again saw the bulk of playing time down the stretch at point guard and finished with 19 points and five assists. Mike Scott added 16 off the bench while Kyle Korver chipped in 11. Al Horford finished with nine points, 16 rebounds, five assists and two blocks but was just 4 for 12 from the field.
Goodwin led all scorers with 24 points. Alex Len and P.J. Tucker finished with 16 points each.
The Hawks are off on Sunday and will wrap up a four-game road trip in Denver on Monday. Paul Millsap missed Saturday's game while dealing with a personal matter but is expected back in time for Monday's game.