Chandler Helps Knicks Set Suns
Posted Jul 18 2008 6:37PM
New York 85, Phoenix 80
LAS VEGAS, April 18 – Wilson Chandler exploded for a game-high 31 points as the New York Knicks defeated the Phoenix Suns 85-80 in the first of six games on Friday during the 2008 NBA Summer League Presented by EA SPORTS.
Chandler scored 14 points in a huge fourth quarter. Mardy Collins and
“We played great,” Chandler said of his team’s performance. “We played better (defense) than we did last game -- that we stopped the ball and had a lot of confidence today, knocking down a few early shots really helped.”
With the teams tied at 73, Chandler hit a running layup that gave the Knicks a two-point a lead they would not relinquish. His jumper with 1:42 left stretched the lead to 79-75. Chandler scored 10 of New York's final 15 points.
Down by four, 82-78, the Suns' D.J. Strawberry drew a foul, hit both shots, and pulled his team within two at 82-80 with 19.3 seconds to play. Chandler iced the game with a pair of free throws with 1.6 seconds left to play.
New York used a 10-0 run in the second quarter en route to a 43-38 halftime lead.