The sizzling Phoenix Suns took their near perfect record into Madison Square Garden tonight to face a team that needed a win. In an arena that has seen many miraculous events in sporting history, the Suns were expected to march in and out of the Garden with a win. Meanwhile, former Suns coach Mike D'Antoni and architect of their run and gun offense had a dish of humble pie waiting in the oven!
As the game started, it was evident that Mike D'Antoni wanted a win against his former team. During the four quarters of the game, it appeared that the Suns had traded uniforms with the Knicks! At half time, New York had a commanding lead, but Phoenix came out with a common goal in mind. However, the D'Antoni gang had the same game plan, and stuck with it. Raining down three pointers and playing a solid defense, it wasn't long before Suns Coach Alvin Gentry pulled his starters to save them for the game tomorrow night against Shaquille O'neil.
Steve Nash, playing for his third MVP title led the team with 20 points and 8 assists. Jason Richardson tied with Amare' Stoudemire with 14 points but both ended up on the bench in the fourth quarter to rest for tomorrow nights game.
Danilo Gallinari, in his rookie year with the Knicks put on a show leading his team with 27 points shooting 10 of 19 and shooting 50% from the 3 point line.
As the game painfully got close to ticking to zero, Head Coach Alvin Gentry showed his frustration and received a technical foul. As the final tick fell, the Suns faced a rare defeat this year, losing to an unexpected foe, 99 to 126.
The Suns get an opportunity to regroup as they face King James tomorrow night. Expect Shaq to play with a higher intensity, much like D'Antoni and the Knicks did tonight and hand Phoenix their second loss in two nights.