The Suns Friday night matchup against the New York Knicks was either the most beautiful or the most atrocious thing you’ve ever seen. For Suns fans, they got enjoy the fun of watching the high-flying Suns crush the Knicks 112-88.
The Knicks defense was downright awful in this game, and it was worse than what the stats say. The Suns shot 45 percent from the floor, but probably should have been much better. Throughout the game, the Suns just put more effort into the game. They outrebounded New York 56-37, including 18 offensive boards for Phoenix and scored 46 points in the paint to the Knicks 24.
The Knicks didn’t quit though. The Suns lead was as high as 32, their largest margin this season, but New York had it cut to 92-75 in the final quarter. Jeff Hornacek responded by putting Dragic and Bledsoe back in the game, and the Suns proceeded to go on a 12-0 run. They also put up their patented 6 fastbreak points, and everyone got in on the action.
Goran Dragic started hot and never cooled off. He had 18 points on 6-7 shooting by the end of the first quarter. In the second quarter, he took an elbow to the face and was cut above his left eye. He dashed straight to the locker room to have it stitched up and was back out and smiling after halftime. The Dragon played a total of 32 minutes and finished with 32 points and four assists while shooting 11-17 from the floor. Eric Bledsoe was fairly near a triple double with 16 points, seven rebounds, and six assists. Markieff Morris added 16 points and eight boards off the bench.
Miles Plumlee was the man who really got the crowd going. He ripped the interior play of the Knicks in half, ending with 11 points and 12 boards, including several powerful slam dunks and putbacks. Opposing star Carmelo Anthony, second in the league in points per game scored 21 points, though P.J. Tucker restrained him to 8-20 shooting.
The Suns improve to 44-29 with this win. They are on a six game streak, their longest since a ten game win streak four years ago. They are also on the second longest active streak in the league right now, behind the Spurs who have won 16 straight games. With Memphis losing tonight, the Suns take a 1/2 game lead for the seventh seed. The home stretch marches on on Sunday, when the Suns travel to LA to take on the rival Lakers