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                            === Suns rout Knicks ===
 
 Phoenix,  AZ  (SportsNetwork.com) -  Goran Dragic dropped  32 points on 5-of-9
 shooting  from 3-point range  to lead the Phoenix Suns to a 112-88 rout of the
 New York Knicks on Friday.
 
 Eric  Bledsoe  and Markieff Morris each  scored 16 points, with Bledsoe adding
 seven  rebounds  and six assists in  Phoenix's sixth straight win. P.J. Tucker
 netted 11 points and Miles Plumlee also added 11 with 12 rebounds for Phoenix.
 
 The  Suns  moved up to  seventh place in  the Western Conference with Memphis'
 loss to Golden State. Phoenix now leads the Grizzlies by one half game for the
 eighth position and are ahead of ninth-place Dallas by one game.
 
 "We  are  just trying to get  in," said Suns  coach Jeff Hornacek. "We are not
 concerned  with trying to climb the ladder and get way up there. We talk about
 just  having to win  our games and we won't worry about what these other teams
 do."
 
 Carmelo  Anthony  paced  the  Knicks  with 21  points  and  Amar'e  Stoudemire
 contributed 19 in the setback, New York's third loss in its last four games.
 
 The  Knicks, meanwhile, fell two games back of Atlanta for eighth place in the
 Eastern Conference with nine games remaining.
 
 "I  thought that they were more aggressive than us tonight," said Knicks coach
 Mike Woodson. "I thought we came out and it was like a back and forth shooting
 match, but we got into a situation where one pass and the shot was up."
 
 A  Stoudemire layup  gave the Knicks a  22-19 lead with 4:23 left in the first
 quarter.  Green responded with a 3-pointer which started a 15-4 quarter-ending
 run  for  Phoenix. Dragic's  layup with  29.9 seconds left  capped the run and
 helped the Suns to a 34-26 lead after one.
 
 Iman  Shumpert's jumper cut the deficit to four, 38-34, with 8:55 remaining in
 the  second. The Knicks went cold from there, making only two baskets the rest
 of the half, and were outscored 24-6 over the final eight-plus minutes.
 
 Dragic buried two 3s early in the fourth and the lead swelled to 30, 75-45, at
 the 8:55 mark.
 
 The lead grew to as many as 32 and the Suns emptied the bench in the fourth in
 cruising to victory.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Phoenix  scored 25  points on 13 New  York turnovers ... 12 players scored for
 the  Suns ... The  Suns owned a 46-24 margin in the paint and a 26-8 advantage
 on the fastbreak.
 
 03/29 01:52:57 ET

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