New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Carmelo Anthony amassed 29 points and 16
rebounds as the New York Knicks ran their season-high winning streak to five
games with a 98-96 overtime decision over the Phoenix Suns at Madison Square
Anthony shot just 9-of-24 from the field and the Knicks blew a 10-point lead
late in the third quarter, but began overtime on a 6-1 run before holding off
the Suns the rest of the way.
Raymond Felton added 19 points for New York, which put forth a strong
defensive effort by limiting Phoenix to a 35.5 percent shooting percentage.
The Suns fell to 1-4 on a five-game road trip despite Goran Dragic's 28 points
and eight rebounds and a 21-point effort off the bench from Leandro Barbosa.
Miles Plumlee totaled 12 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.
Phoenix fought back from its double-digit deficit to grab an 84-83 edge on a
Dragic layup with 5:50 left in regulation, and Marcus Morris and Barbosa
followed with back-to-back baskets to extend the margin to five. The Suns'
lead was three before New York's Kenyon Martin scored on a putback dunk with
3:15 to go, and neither team managed a point until Anthony fed Felton for a
corner three that put the Knicks up 92-90 with 53.1 seconds remaining.
Anthony misfired on New York's next possession, however, and Martin was called
for fouling Barbosa on a near-tie-up with just 1.2 seconds showing. The
journeyman guard hit both free throws to bring on the extra session.
Anthony then hit a couple of big shots as the Knicks netted six of the first
seven points of OT to own a 98-93 lead with 2 1/2 minutes left. Though New
York failed to score the rest of the way, the Suns managed just three free
throws while missing all four of their field goal tries.
The Knicks assumed control early, with Anthony converting a 4-point play
midway through the opening quarter to ignite a 13-0 run that staked New York
to a 22-10 lead late in the period. The margin grew as high as 14 points in
the second quarter after Toure Murry drove the lane and scored for a 36-22
differential around 3 1/2 minutes into the frame.
Dragic, who poured in 20 points prior to halftime, led a 7-0 spurt later on to
pull the Suns within 40-36, but the Knicks scored the next 10 points before
settling for a 52-43 edge at the break.
New York was up by a 66-56 count with under 3 1/2 minutes to play in the third
quarter and entered the fourth ahead 75-68, but Barbosa caught fire to help
bring Phoenix back. Six of his 14-point outburst during the final period of
regulation came within a span of just over a minute, with the last of those
baskets pulling the Suns within 78-76 with 8:27 remaining.
Anthony was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week on Monday after
averaging 27.0 points and 2.3 steals in three New York wins ... Barbosa,
signed to a 10-day contract by the Suns on Jan. 8, had just 15 points combined
over his first three games since re-joining the club ... The Knicks have
allowed an average of just 89 points during their five-game surge ... With
Barbosa's performance and Morris' 12 points leading the way, the Suns' bench
outscored New York's reserves by a 36-26 margin.
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