The Phoenix Suns are rolling and playing some big-time basketball right now. That train rolled into Madison Square Garden on Friday night for a quick stop, they handled business, and now it’s off to Brooklyn as the Suns routed the Knicks 118-97 to win their 15th straight game.
Phoenix(16-3) led New York(10-9) by as many as 17 points in the first half and had a 13-point halftime lead. The Suns dominated the second half and led by as many 22 points in the third and by as many as 24 points in the game.
Here is the Great, Not so Great, and the Bottom Line of the Suns’ win over Knicks at MSG:
The Great for the Suns:
-Devin Booker loves New York, and he balled out on Friday night. Coming into this game, Book was averaging over 30 points and shooting over 50% a contest at MSG. On Friday, Booker had 21 of his 32 points in the first half on 14/27 from the field, including four threes.
“A lot of guys say they want to play on this stage, [Booker] really does,” Suns head coach Monty Williams said post-game. “He likes to kill. That’s who he is.”
-Chris Paul was his usual self. Paul, who is leading the NBA in assists per game, had his second straight double-double with 14 points and 10 assists. The Point Gawd just knows how to play the point guard position at an elite level. Paul got everyone involved as Phoenix had seven players in double figures.
-Deandre Ayton had a double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds. This was Ayton’s third consecutive double-double.
–Shooting: Phoenix shot 55% from the field against the Knicks, including 46% from downtown(13/28). The Suns have shot 50-plus percent from the field in five consecutive games and eight times on the season and are 8-0 in those games.
Defense: The Suns turned 16 Knick turnovers into 25 points. In addition, they held New York to 37% shooting from the floor. During their 15-game winning streak, Phoenix has held teams below 100 points seven times.
The Not So Great:
You win 15 straight; you dominate pretty much from start to finish. It’s all great for the Suns right now.
The Suns have everything clicking right now. They had seven players in double figures, including all five starters; their big three of Booker, Ayton, and Paul are playing well, and again, they have won 15 straight(second-longest in team history). It should be interesting to see if they can keep the streak alive and equal the franchise mark of 17 consecutive wins by the 2006-07 Suns, as they have the Nets and Warriors next.
Phoenix finishes off their four-game road trip in Brooklyn against the Nets.
Best of the Rest:
Kemba Walker led the Knicks with 17 points, and Immanuel Quickley had 16 points off the bench.
-Cam Payne had 12 points and six assists, and Cam Johnson added 10 points off Phoenix’s bench.
-The Suns have now won seven consecutive games over the Knicks, the longest winning streak over New York in franchise history.
Watch Below as Booker and Paul react to Suns’ win over Knicks: