Final: Knicks 98, Suns 96

The Knicks held onto a 98-96 overtime victory against the Suns at home Monday night.

The Least You Should Know

The Knicks have won five straight games.

The Knicks have defeated the Suns in their past three meetings.

The Knicks are now 3-10 against the West, with all three of their wins coming in January.

Raymond Felton’s 19 points were a season-high.

Tyson Chandler (upper respiratory illness) sat out his fourth consecutive game. The Knicks center is expected to return to the lineup Tuesday vs. the Bobcats, though how long he’ll be able to play remains unknown.

Sam Spiegelman

New York built a comfortable lead through three quarters, but that all changed as soon as the fourth quarter hit.

The Knicks (15-22) reeled off their fifth consecutive victory by defeating Phoenix at home, 98-96 in overtime, but it didn’t come easily.

Sparked by an 8-2 run midway through the fourth quarter, the Suns (21-16) took the lead and extended it up to five with less than five minutes to go. And after the Garden was inflated with confidence after winning four straight, that uncomfortable feeling struck again as yet another Knicks’ collapse seemed imminent.

Carmelo Anthony scored 29 points and grabbed 16 boards — both teams highs — and dished out four assists assists, none more important than his late pass to Raymond Felton who hit a 3 from the corner to give the Knicks a two-point edge with 53 seconds left in the game. But Kenyon Martin’s foul of Leandro Barbosa sent the Suns’ swingman to the free-throw line, where he tied it up at 92-all and sent the game into overtime.

Melo shot 1-of-3 down the stretch of regulation, missing two shots that could’ve either won the Knicks the game or iced it for them.

The Knicks opened the overtime period on an 8-3 run, then forced the Suns to miss four shots on four consecutive possessions en route to the victory.

Felton scored a season-high 19 points, Andrea Bargnani had 10 and Amare’ Stoudemire came off the bench to score nine and haul in seven rebounds.

Tim Hardaway Jr. — not J.R. Smith — was the first guard to come off the bench. Smith entered the game with 33 seconds remaining in the first quarter to mostly cheers from the Madison Square Garden crowd and finished with 10 points.

Goran Dragic led the Suns with 28 points, eight rebounds and four assists, but missed all three shots he attempted in overtime. Barbosa had 21 points off the bench, and Miles Plumee had 12 points with 11 rebounds.

Markieff Morris, who was tasked with defending Anthony early on, was ejected in the second quarter after receiving his second technical foul. Before getting exiled to the locker room, Morris recorded two points on 1-of-5 shooting, two boards, an assist and a turnover.

Without Tyson Chandler, who sat out a fourth straight game due to an upper respiratory illness, the Knicks outrebounded the Suns 53-49. Melo led the way with 16, while Kenyon Martin, Iman Shumpert, Stoudemire and Bargnani combined for 32.

This marked the Knicks’ third overtime game of the season, and with the win they improved to 2-1 in overtime games.

Next Game: The Knicks travel to Charlotte to face the Bobcats at 7 p.m. ET.




116 comments
tw22
tw22

Not to step on your toes Sam but this game was in doubt out of the halftime gate. The suns routinely got within two or three before the start of the 4th quarter. No part of the second half was comfortable. But a good win nonetheless, the Suns aren't pushovers this season.

ethanj
ethanj

I want rondo... So bad. What would we have to give to get him?

I say the 2015 first round pick plus whenever out next second round pick is. Plus chandler and whoever else thy would take.

India Target
India Target

Here's the thing, after all the pain we Knicks fans have gone through this season, we are only 4.5 games out of 3rd seed in the East!!!
How crazy is that?

chudogz1
chudogz1

GO KNICKS...Felton starting to play better

dagawd
dagawd

Knicks baby


Loving it


Sleeping better.

ds2488
ds2488

It was a great win.  One of my favorites because we didn't really play well.  Melo was awesome, and I thought Shump's D really won us the game.  He was absolutely fantastic.  He's gotta hit some more of those jumpers though.  


Let's keep the streak going.

SheSaidSpikeWho
SheSaidSpikeWho

Tommy Beer @TommyBeer 

Knicks allowing opponents to score just 89.0 points/game over last 5 contests (5 wins)... NY had allowed 107.2 ppg in 5 previous games.



KnickelusKnickleby
KnickelusKnickleby

Oct-Dec Knicks would've Lost this game ...The Stops at the end of OT was crucial and the foul to put frye at line was smart 

good way to pull it out and hold on to a W. 

finishing Jan with a winning record will be great going into All-Star break

ponzies86
ponzies86

Melo was a beast on the boards but 46 minutes? tomorrow we need our guards to step up!

rkj473
rkj473

Also, when Woodson summons the second unit, they should do a better job featuring STAT or running a couple plays for THjr. Tonight Murry was just dribbling the ball at the top of the key. Run some plays for that unit. I think they have the potential to be dynamic.

rkj473
rkj473

:side-note: Felton managed 1 assist while paying 44 minutes? Damn, how do you explain that?

knick4life
knick4life

Additionally i noticed more individual effort on D, harder screens (especially on that double high pick and roll) and better defensive group rebounding. Overall they are just playing harder which is great to watch.

knick4life
knick4life

Fantastic win. Team just won't fold and Melo is leading them. Woodson has figured out his rotation and Chandler, Prigs and Beno (lesser extent) will be back over the weekend.

Couldn't be more happy. LGK!!!

bigdishing
bigdishing

Can't really get mad at Felton for being slow and heavy, or at Melo for being a ball hog, or STAT for bad D, etc. This is who they've always been. They have their strengths too. But I am still pissed that they played so bad for so long. How did they lose 20 out of 30 games? They should have been beating these mediocre teams all along. 

rgm891
rgm891

If woodson finds a way to get better minutes out of his pgs on a consistent basis. That would lead us into serious contention. I know I am one of the biggest felton and woodson critics here. I honestly hope felton can become more consistent with racking up assist and giving a better effort against opposing pg/sgs. Hopefully raymundo can pick up his play. Woodson needs to cut them down.

tw22
tw22

@dagawdThey're getting healthy and getting right. Good stuff.

tw22
tw22

@ds2488Shump needs to go through screens when the other defender is Amare, the Suns feasted on that tonight. Switching off is a disaster waiting to happen.

Steven Porter
Steven Porter

Sign that Chandler isn't the defensive stud he's made out to be?!?

tw22
tw22

@KnickelusKnicklebyif they finish above .500 by the all star break they could very well be in first place in the Atlantic Division.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@rkj473 Personally, I think they try too hard t iso Amare. Even though he's been very efficient up close, he's at his best attacking the basket off the P&R, which also provides a more dynamic offense with more alternatives. Amare can finish rolling to the basket. The ball handler can finish by himself or can kick out to the perimeter when opposing teams converge to the paint.

Amare's not a strong passer off the post, which often leads to turnovers or tough shots against better defenders.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@rkj473 Knicks were 7-20 from 3. That's under the Knicks' average and 3 kickouts by Felton that weren't converted. Phoenix took away the P&R and AB wasn't shooting well tonight so the P&P wasn't particularly successful.

Sometimes it's not that you don't pass enough, it's that the play isn't finished and there's no points or assists that go up on the board.

BigChiefTriangle
BigChiefTriangle

@rkj473 Damn! I did not realize Felton played 44 tonight! 

Come back soon Prigs and let's split that time!

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@knick4life It'll be interesting to see how minutes are affected when Prigs, Beno, and TC are healthy. Who will get their minutes reduced in the frontcourt? AB or Amare? Depends on the night, I guess.

Felton's playing way too many minutes for a guy just coming off multiple injuries, so he'll see a small portion of his minutes cut. I don't want Timmy Jr to be a 5 minute guy. Aside from Melo, he's our best perimeter shooter. Shump is regaining his confidence, he's rebounding  great, and is back to his former self on D.

I'd also like to see Murry keep some minutes so he can keep growing. But someone's gonna be the odd man out, and I just dont' see the coach playing Murry over Beno.

Albert Owens
Albert Owens

I am a knick fan but come on Ewing but no Kareem

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@rgm891 Personally, I'm waiting for Prigs.

Murry's very much a work in progress and his presence is felt mostly on D. He does a good job in transition, but the thing is, the Knicks don't do transition.

Even though Prigs has no idea how to attack the basket, his ability to execute the P&P and P&R consistently will help this team a lot.

tw22
tw22

@Buck50That is the best game he has had in a season and a half. He doesn't even handle the ball on the regular in that offense. Sit the Eff down!

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@Buck50 Let it go. He's not a Knick any more. Nobody should care what he does.

Non issue.

tw22
tw22

@Steven PorterChandler hasn't been healthy most of the year and has missed a ton of games.

solar_lion
solar_lion

@VerySilentJay@rkj473I  hear you dynamic P&R offense w/ Amar'e in versus static post offense. Use the latter when things break down b/c now STAT can do that too.

rkj473
rkj473

@lobcity Yup, idk what that was about. I mean, he did score 19 points.

knick4life
knick4life

They should cut Felton to 30 min per game (or less), finally get Melo some rest in the 2nd and early 4th qtr and sit Amare and Martjn out as need be. Team is playing these guys too many minutes right now (although they have to I guess).

knick4life
knick4life

Murry's a rookie and like all rookies he's just playing inconsistently. He'll figure it out and in the meantime the Knicks can benefit from his energy in spurts.

BigChiefTriangle
BigChiefTriangle

@VerySilentJay @rgm891 

Stinks that we only get a few positive qualities from any PG we choose:


Felton - P&R and paint penetration (both ways, unfortunately)

Prigioni - floor leadership, floor-spacer, smart defender, but no penetration

Murry - length/athleticism, defense, fastbreak opps, but gets lost in halfcourt

Udrih - crafty off-balance leaners, sloppy off-balance misses/turnovers


Combine all four and we'd have one heck of a PG.

rgm891
rgm891

Hell yeah jay. Once prigioni/udrih come back. I hope he plays prigioni more than udrih. Hopefully this lessens the burden so felton can play at a higher level. It's going to be interesting to see how he rotates the pg situation.

solar_lion
solar_lion

@Juan MaldonadoGO suck his blls bro. Quit it with that Lin man crush. Go marry the dude. Tired of hearing about Lin. I wish him well in Houston but not against the Knicks. He gone and should be out of sight and out of mind to all KNICKS fans. Not JEREMY fans. KNICKS fans.

Steven Porter
Steven Porter

Yeah, LeBron would be perfect for us. Steph Curry would be perfect for us, KD would be perfect for us.....Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda....it was two years ago dude, let it go!

CL4nyk
CL4nyk

@Juan Maldonado 9ast on one of the fastest paced team in the league with Dwight and Harden isn't overly impressive.


I like Lin, but he wasn't a good fit with Melo and the slowed down half court offense. Certainly not for a poison pill contract. That's just the plain truth.

Juan Maldonado
Juan Maldonado

You've lost your mind! He had 9 assist fam! What are you talking about? Most ppl thought he was gonna be a bust, but look at him now. Lol, we had that. Maybe he'll come back after he's done with houston or will they trade him by then?

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@Buck50 Well, for better or worse, Felton/Prigs/Murry/Beno will have to suffice.

Can't pine over the could've, would've, should've.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@knick4life Shump's not a natural PG. He has trouble attacking the basket, even more finishing around the rim. He isn't a particularly solid passer and his handle is suspect. In college Shump was a scoring combo guard that played the 1, but a shoot first type of player.

knick4life
knick4life

I actually want to also see JR and Shumpert (didn't he used to be a PG) run some pick and Pops with those guys too. Prigs spot up shooting is also sorely missed. Who knew I would miss one trick pony Novak. Lol

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@knick4life When Melo's out, there's gotta be some balanced scoring, so that's when you need, for example, Timmy stationed at the 3pt line, JR ready to attack the baskey, with Prgis running P&P's and P&R's with AB and TC/Kmart/Amare.

BigChiefTriangle
BigChiefTriangle

@Kiyan Carter 

Looking at both ends of the court, put him above Mark Jackson and Tiny...Clyde is top-10 for sure though.  I'm just a biased Knick fan

Albert Owens
Albert Owens

He has also show glimpses of running an offense. Right now he geared toward a faster pace. He has to learn, like most rookies to slow the game down. He looks good when. everyone moving instead of just standing around

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@knick4life Yes, he is a rookie, but he's way too raw to run an offense. He's shown glimpses of what he can do offensively, but he needs a lot of work, the type of work you put in the offseason.

Right now his defense is his best asset and his mentality in transition. Distribution, right now, isn't his strong suit.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@DolanitisDr Murry needs a ton of work. Passing, handle, court vision, playmaking, etc. If he can put in the work and improve on this, he can take over Beno's minutes. As it stands, imo, he's a 10 minute player, and when he's on the floor, you give Melo point forward duties. With Murry on the floor the stagnation started which led to the Phoenix run.

Defensively he's good.

rgm891
rgm891

This times 1000. He was dressed tonight haha. I just dont understand why he goes away from our offense late down the stretch. I know you wont turnover the ball with iso. I wonder if hes also going to use udrih with felton or prigioni also. Do u think murry still has any playing time? They need to use melo amare p&r more. It is such a deadly combo. Woodson needs to get bargnani more consistently involved in the second half. He threw up a wide open brick. He barely touched the ball all half. So many question marks going forward. Even the problems with stat/chandler

rgm891
rgm891

I want him to get run. Do u think woodson will play him ahead of udrih? It's a shame he may be the odd one out.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@rgm891 Actually, I may be absolutely insane, but I thought I saw Beno dressed in the huddle tonight.

I still believe Felton's our best PG, and I think the 2 PG backcourt should get minutes with Shump at the 3. With Felton's ability to get to the basket while Prigs distributes from the perimeter, you got a lot of open shots frim P&P's to AB, P&R's with Chandler or Kmart or kickouts either to Prigs, Felton, Melo, or Shump.

I also think Melo and Amare should start running the P&R. With all the attention Melo gets, Amare would have a clear run to the basket.