Booker, Paul shine as Suns halt Knicks win streak
Devin Booker scored 33 points as the Phoenix Suns snapped the New York Knicks’ nine-game winning streak with a come-from-behind 118-110 victory at Madison Square Garden on Monday.
The Suns roared back to life after trailing by 15 points in the first half, outscoring the in-form Knicks by 31-23 in the decisive fourth quarter to complete victory by an eight-point margin.
Mikal Bridges added 21 points for Phoenix, while veteran Chris Paul chipped in with 20 points — including a vital late burst of scoring — to help shepherd the Suns ever closer to a playoff berth.
The Suns improved to 43-18 with the win and remain in second place in the Western Conference, just behind leaders Utah, who suffered a surprise loss against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday.
“We knew it was going to be a dogfight from beginning to end,” Booker said afterwards. “Obviously the streak they’ve had is unbelievable. But we wanted to come in here and show them what we’ve got.”
The Knicks had pulled to within four points with just under two minutes remaining, but eight quick points from Paul — including a dagger three-pointer — sealed the Suns win.
“He’s been here before,” Booker said of Paul’s late scoring spree. “The proof is in the pudding. We’ve been seeing what this guy can do for 16 years — that didn’t surprise anybody.”
Derrick Rose led the Knicks scoring with 22 points, while Julius Randle finished with 18. RJ Barrett and Reggie Bullock added 17 apiece.
The shock of the day came in Minneapolis, where D’Angelo Russell’s driving layup with 4.2 seconds remaining helped the Timberwolves upset the Jazz 105-104.
Russell finished with 27 points as a Utah line-up missing the injured Donovan Mitchell slid to defeat against an already-eliminated Minnesota team helping prop up the Western Conference with just 17 wins this season.
Another win streak bit the dust in New Orleans, meanwhile, as the Los Angeles Clippers’ four-game run ended with an emphatic 120-103 drubbing by the Pelicans…..read more