In the Phoenix-TNT game Wednesday at the MOA Arena, two players from both ends were celebrating their respective birthdays.
That means only had was getting a gift after it was all over.
The one who got it was Matthew Wright, who took it upon himself to secure the win for the Fuel Masters.
Wright drilled a booming three with 44 seconds to go to force a tie at 72-all. And after the Fuel Masters got a stop on the other end, the Fil-Canadian sniper found Doug Kramer for the eventual game-winner with three seconds left.
"It's the only thing I wanted, man. I just wanted to win today," Wright, who finished with 16 points, said.
"It was a big game, really important for both teams. We were down all game but they let the door open. We're just lucky to capitalize on some mistakes," the now 27-year-old sniper added.
On the final offensive sequence with Kramer, Wright was the first option for Phoenix.
However, Wright's Gilas experience came through, recognizing some of TNT's plays through assistant coach Josh Reyes.
Ultimately, Wright just did the right basketball play, letting go of the ball after the blitz came.
"I knew that they're gonna double. I know coach Josh, I know the scheme that they're trying to go, they're not gonna let me get off a good shot," he said.
"I knew right when I touched the ball, when I came off that screen that I was gonna be met with either Kelly or Mo. So it was just a matter of Doug positioning himself in the right spot, and a matter of me just making a good pass. It just happened very instinctively," Wright added.
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