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