Suns Win Sixth in a Row With Rout Over Knicks
Every issue Phoenix had fought to overcome this season, they did so in convincing fashion over the Knicks.
The Suns won the battle of the boards 56-37, shot 42.4 percent from three, and committed just 12 turnovers. They established a big lead and maintained it. Heck, a fan even hit a half-court shot.
Oh yeah, and Goran Dragic played through another blood-drawing collision and handful of stitches.
The result was a 112-88 rout over New York, the team that had made all those strengths weaknesses in a low-scoring, overtime loss just two months ago.
Suns Head Coach Jeff Hornacek had said before the game that both Phoenix and New York were "different teams".
How different the Suns were, at least, was evident throughout the game and in the final score. Miles Plumlee turned in his best game of the month with 11 points and 12 rebounds, including a multitude of ferocious dunks. Eric Bledsoe turned in another all-around game (16 points, seven rebounds, six assists). The Morris twins combined for 25 points and 13 rebounds.
"It might be our most complete game [of the season]," said Suns Head Coach Jeff Hornacek. "I think overall it was probably our bets performance of the year."
New York had cut a 32-point Suns lead to 17 in the third quarter, prompting Hornacek to send the full starting lineup back out to the floor.
The effect was immediate. Eric Bledsoe nailed a three-pointer after four different Suns touched the ball. Dragic muscled in an and-one layup in transition that prompted a savage yell from the Slovenian playmaker. P.J. Tucker (11 points, seven rebounds) scored inside off a Dragic assists. Dragic added a pair of free throws, and Plumlee's putback dunk capped off the 12-0 run.
Gerald Green's free throws sealed the game.
HIGHLIGHT OF THE NIGHT
PLAYER(S) OF THE GAME
Goran Dragic was at it again, scoring 32 points in just 32 minutes on 11-of-17 shooting, including 5-of-9 from three-point range. He earned it, though, after an accidental elbow from Tyson Chandler left him with five stitches.
Yeah, the dual point guard thing is working.
PHOTO OF THE NIGHT
QUOTE OF THE NIGHT
"It's going to be a nice reminder, every time I look in the mirror, that I gave [New York] 32 points." -- Goran Dragic on his swollen eye that received five stitches.
TWEET OF THE NIGHT
#SunsVsKnicks What a night this has been for Suns fans. Center court shot by a fan and a great game to watch. So much fun. Hope GD is ok.— Eva Willis (@EvaTwits) March 29, 2014
STAT(S) OF THE NIGHT
32: the biggest lead of the night for Phoenix, which marked the biggest lead the Suns have held all season.