The New York Knicks (12-4) beat the Phoenix Suns (7-11) by a score of 106-99 at Madison Square Garden Sunday in the league’s noon game.
New York took an early lead in this game and held on throughout with efficient shooting from the starters. While Knicks’ guard J.R. Smith had a terrible day shooting (1-for-11), the rest of the team picked up the slack and carried the team to a win.
Phoenix played very well against New York Sunday, watching guard Shannon Brown and forward Michael Beasley start to evolve into solid starters, but it was the depth of the Suns’ bench that proved to be the team’s biggest strength.
Despite making the end of the game interesting (27 points in the fourth quarter), New York was strong enough to hold on for the victory.
One of the biggest stories out of this matchup Sunday was just how short Knicks center Rasheed Wallace’s day was. According to Al Iannazzone of New York Newsday, Wallace was ejected in the first quarter after receiving two quick technical fouls:
Two quick techs for Rasheed Wallace. His day is over. Ejected with 1:14 left in the first, lasted just over 1:20.— Al Iannazzone (@Al_Iannazzone) December 2, 2012
With so much controversy around the return of injured star Amar'e Stoudemire and the volatile New York media market, the Knicks need their players to keep their composure. While Wallace is an emotional leader, New York needs all of its players on the court as much as possible.
Player of the Game: Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks
Despite the stellar play of point guard Raymond Felton, the player of the game from is New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony.
Anthony had 34 points, six rebounds and two assists in 37 minutes on the court—impressive for any player in the league.
With 20-plus points in each of the last ten games, there are few players in the NBA playing as well as Anthony. If the Knicks can integrate Stoudemire when he returns, Carmelo could become an even bigger star.
Up Next for Phoenix Suns
The Phoenix Suns have a very tough upcoming schedule, facing the Memphis Grizzlies twice, the Dallas Mavericks, the Los Angeles Clippers and the Orlando Magic.
While the next few matchups will push the Suns to their limit, the evolution of center Marcin Gortat as a solid rebounder and an even better scorer has made Phoenix a better team than most expected.
Up Next for New York Knicks
After a red-hot start to the 2012-2013 season, the New York Knicks have cooled off a bit but look to get back to their winning ways. Three in a row is definitely on the right track.
With the Charlotte Bobcats, Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls, Denver Nuggets and Brooklyn Nets the next five games respectively, the Knicks could be heating up at the right time to string together a big winning streak against the Eastern Conference’s best teams.
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