NBA teams do not come back from 30-point deficits in the preseason. First of all, NBA teams don’t come back from 30-point deficits at all, not in the regular season either. Or almost never. The biggest comeback in NBA history occurred in 1996, when the Jazz came back from a 36-point deficit against the Nuggets. That was 20-plus years ago.
So the 2016-17 Suns did the unthinkable in erasing a 30-point deficit to beat the Utah Jazz 111-110. The final basket — an Archie Goodwin dunk — was the only lead change in the game. The Jazz allowed the comeback by playing players who likely won’t be on the roster when the season starts. But they were still wearing real Jazz uniforms and representing a team just weeks away from the season tip-off. The Suns, led by Devin Booker with 20 points, showed enormous spirit — especially playing in Salt Lake City.