NBA Game Summary - Phoenix at New York
(Tuesday, January 25th)
Final Score: Phoenix 133, New York 118
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Amare Stoudemire scored 29 points, Quentin Richardson added 25, including 7-of-14 from beyond the arc and Phoenix routed struggling New York, 133-118, at historic Madison Square Garden.
Joe Johnson scored 24 and Shawn Marion added 20 points while pulling down 11 rebounds for the Suns, who had a season-high 133 points in the win. Phoenix scorched New York from three-point land, going 16-of-32.
Jim Jackson came off the pine to hit for 17 on 6-of-8 shooting in the win. As a team the Suns shot 46-of-85 from the floor en route to their second straight win and in the process, snapped a four-game slide on the road.
"The philosophy here (Phoenix) is we can make more shots then you can," said Jackson.
Jamal Crawford paced New York with a game-high 40 points. Kurt Thomas added 24 with 14 boards, while Trevor Ariza established career-highs in points (21) and rebounds (11) for the reeling Knicks, who have dropped seven in a row and 11 of their last 12 contests.
Stephon Marbury struggled on the night, ending with 11 points on just 5-of-17 shooting in the setback.
"Those guys play totally different basketball," said Marbury. "They don't play regular basketball, they shoot three's for days."
New York held a 33-28 lead after one quarter of play, but Phoenix grabbed the lead for good in the opening stages of the second.
After Kurt Thomas' jumper gave the Knicks a seven-point cushion, Phoenix responded with a 15-2 spurt, turning a seven-point deficit into a six- point edge. Stoudemire's free throw capped the flurry, staking the Suns to a 43-37 lead with under nine minutes left in the first half.
Phoenix then carried a 65-55 lead as both teams headed into the locker room. Stoudemire paced the Suns with 16 points, while Crawford led the Knicks with 16 points at the break.
The Suns' margin would grow to 78-63 on Richardson's three from the corner at the 9:10 mark of the frame, but the Knicks reeled off five quick points to close within 78-73 moments later.
"We had a lot of great looks at shots," said Richardson. "We have a lot of good shooters."
However, that was as close as the Knicks would get the rest of the way. Phoenix outscored New York by a 22-15 margin to close out the stanza and head into the fourth with a comfortable 100-88 lead.
The lead would balloon to 19 on Richardson's three-pointer, ending a 7-0 spurt to start the frame as the Suns built a 107-88 lead. New York never recovered from that point on.
Knicks guard Allan Houston sat out the game due to pain in his surgically repaired knee, while forward Tim Thomas (calf) was placed on the IL prior to the game...New York's active roster now stands at 11...The Knicks fell to 0-2 under interim coach Herb Williams...Stoudemire finished 15-of-23 from the line, while the Suns as a team ended 25-of-38 from the charity stripe...New York is 11-11 at MSG this season, while the Suns are an impressive 18-4 on the road this season...The 133 points were a season high for a Knicks opponent, and the 16 three-pointers were the most ever allowed in franchise history.
01/26 00:08:21 ET