Booker and CP3 led Suns past the Knicks in a very physical game
Devin Booker scored 33 points, Mikal Bridges added 21 points, Chris Paul had 20 and Suns snapped Knicks’ nine-game win streak with 118–110 victory.
“We wanted this one. We wanted this one bad, just for ourselves,” said Booker who asked from his coach to play the entire fourth quarter. “I mean obviously we knew about the streak that they had going on and we knew that this was going to be a dogfight.”
It was a great test for the Suns who lost two of the most critical games against of four top teams in the league this season (they beat Bucks and 76ers and lost to Celtics and Nets, so this comeback-victory against the Knicks definately healed their wounds).
Derrick Rose had 22 points, six rebounds and six assists for the Knicks, who were on their longest winning streak since a 13-game run late in the 2012–13 season. Julius Randle scored 18 points but was off his form from most of the streak, shooting just 6 for 17 with six rebounds and four assists.
“You can’t have the type of record that they have without being a high-quality team, so you’re not going to beat them just playing well for 12 minutes. That’s not going to get it done,” Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau said. “So it’s going to be a street fight and you’ve got to compete.”