NBA Game Summary - New York at Phoenix|
(Friday, March 28th)
Final Score: Phoenix 112, New York 88
Phoenix, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - Goran Dragic dropped 32 points on 5-of-9
shooting from 3-point range to lead the Phoenix Suns to a 112-88 rout of the
New York Knicks on Friday.
Eric Bledsoe and Markieff Morris each scored 16 points, with Bledsoe adding
seven rebounds and six assists in Phoenix's sixth straight win. P.J. Tucker
netted 11 points and Miles Plumlee also added 11 with 12 rebounds for Phoenix.
The Suns moved up to seventh place in the Western Conference with Memphis'
loss to Golden State. Phoenix now leads the Grizzlies by one half game for the
eighth position and are ahead of ninth-place Dallas by one game.
"We are just trying to get in," said Suns coach Jeff Hornacek. "We are not
concerned with trying to climb the ladder and get way up there. We talk about
just having to win our games and we won't worry about what these other teams
Carmelo Anthony paced the Knicks with 21 points and Amar'e Stoudemire
contributed 19 in the setback, New York's third loss in its last four games.
The Knicks, meanwhile, fell two games back of Atlanta for eighth place in the
Eastern Conference with nine games remaining.
"I thought that they were more aggressive than us tonight," said Knicks coach
Mike Woodson. "I thought we came out and it was like a back and forth shooting
match, but we got into a situation where one pass and the shot was up."
A Stoudemire layup gave the Knicks a 22-19 lead with 4:23 left in the first
quarter. Green responded with a 3-pointer which started a 15-4 quarter-ending
run for Phoenix. Dragic's layup with 29.9 seconds left capped the run and
helped the Suns to a 34-26 lead after one.
Iman Shumpert's jumper cut the deficit to four, 38-34, with 8:55 remaining in
the second. The Knicks went cold from there, making only two baskets the rest
of the half, and were outscored 24-6 over the final eight-plus minutes.
Dragic buried two 3s early in the fourth and the lead swelled to 30, 75-45, at
the 8:55 mark.
The lead grew to as many as 32 and the Suns emptied the bench in the fourth in
cruising to victory.
Phoenix scored 25 points on 13 New York turnovers ... 12 players scored for
the Suns ... The Suns owned a 46-24 margin in the paint and a 26-8 advantage
on the fastbreak.
03/29 01:51:27 ET