3 observations from the Pelicans' wild 138-136 overtime loss to the Suns

Here are our observations from the New Orleans Pelicans’ 138-136 loss to the Phoenix Suns on Saturday night (March 16).

1. Pelicans lose in bizarre fashion

With 7.7 seconds to play in overtime, the Pelicans led the Suns by three with the ball.

They ended up losing the game.

While inbounding the ball, the Pelicans were called for a five-second violation. After using their foul to give, the Pelicans allowed Josh Jackson a look from the three-point range and he drained the 3-pointer with 2.2 seconds to play.

That’s where it got weird.

Officials ruled that the Pelicans tried to call a timeout, but New Orleans was out of timeouts. Therefore, the Pelicans were assessed a technical foul and Phoenix shot one free throw with 1.1 to play to take the lead.

Because of the technical foul, Phoenix received the ball and hit one more free throw to take home the 138-136 victory.

The Suns spoiled the fourth consecutive triple-double by Elfrid Payton as he finished with 16 points, 16 assists and 13 rebounds.

Julius Randle led nine Pelicans in double figures with 20 points.

2. Dairis Bertans gets a bucket

It took longer than he probably wanted, but Dairis Bertans finally got the first points of his NBA career on Saturday.

Bertans officially signed with the Pelicans on March 2 and made his debut on March 10 against Atlanta. In six minutes of action, Bertans missed his only field-goal attempt. He played 7 1/2 minutes against the Bucks on March 12 but he missed both 3-pointers he attempted.

Bertans got on the board with 43.0 seconds left in the third quarter when he drained a 3-pointer – on his third shot of the night – off an assist from Ian Clark as the home fans showed their appreciation.

The 29-year-old Latvian rookie finished with three points, one assist and he also drew a charge in 11 minutes.

3. Phoenix’s locals shine bright

Suns guard Devin Booker and forward Kelly Oubre led Phoenix throughout the night and both players have ties to the area.

Booker played his final three seasons of high school ball at Moss Point in Mississippi, about an hour-and-a-half drive from the Smoothie King Center. Oubre was born in New Orleans but moved to the Houston area.

Booker led the Suns with 40 points and 13 assists while Oubre finished with 32. They were the only two Suns with double digits heading into the fourth quarter and carried the load most of the night.

Records: New Orleans 30-42; Phoenix 17-54

Up next: The Pelicans will knock out two of their final four away games on the next road trip. New Orleans plays at Dallas on Monday night and then will play at Orlando on Wednesday.