My goodness. The win probability chart toward the end of Game 2 of the Clippers-Suns Western Conference Finals series must have looked like the most insane up-and-down roller coaster in the world, like if Kingda Ka at Six Flags Great Adventure repeated over and over and over again. Because there aren't many teams who can win a game when they're trailing by one and they commit a turnover with 8.2 seconds left. There are even fewer teams who can win when down one point and the opponent, an 86.8 percent free throw shooter, at the foul line. There are fewer teams still who can come back from down one point with 0.9 seconds left.
All three of those scenarios were true for the Suns. And the Suns, as you might have figured out by now, came away victorious.
The two things that made it possible were passed over in the above description. First came Paul George's appearance at the free throw line. The exact guy the Clippers wanted at the line, and the exact guy that the Suns did not want at the line, and the guy who had a team-high 26 points... and he went 0-for-2.
But the game seemed over after the Clippers nearly got a full defensive stop in the subsequent possession. That's when chaos ensued, chaos in the form of Suns' budding star Deandre Ayton, who attacked the rim with reckless abandon on a literally perfect inbound pass from Jae Crowder.
If you had to do a double take there, you're not alone. But yes, the ball did go in. No, it was not offensive goaltending. And no, the Clippers did not hit a full-court heave to then win the game again, though nothing would surprise us at this point.
As much as Chris Paul would like to be a part of the Suns' success right now, he's probably pretty happy that his team leads 2-0 in the series without him, and his social media activity showed that to be the case.