The Phoenix Suns snapped the Knicks‘ nine-game winning streak as they beat the Knicks at Madison Square Garden. Despite a 15-point lead in the first quarter, Devin Booker led the Suns to a late comeback. He finished with 33 points, while New York was led by Derrick Rose who racked up 22. The electric game in the Big Apple finished 118-110. Here are the takeaways.
Knicks have no answers for Devin Booker
Coming into this game, the Knicks’ priority was containing Booker. Reggie Bullock was tasked with keeping him quiet. However, the 24-year-old lit up The Garden as he shot 14/26. The promising guard was great on the midrange and was a great playmaker as well. However, the blame cannot all be put on the Knickerbockers as their defense was still strong against Phoenix. New York played a characteristically gritty performance on the defensive end for the majority of the game despite some lackluster plays later on.
Derrick Rose does it all
The case to give Derrick Rose the starting point guard spot continues to grow. The former MVP was the catalyst for the Knicks as Julius Randle was off his game tonight. Rose finished with 22 points, six rebounds, and six assists. He has been great in supporting the younger players since coming back to the Knicks this February. The 32-year-old point guard gave Phoenix problems with his consistent mid-range shot. His defensive contributions are little to scoff at as well as he’s proving to be a reliable defender.
Chris Paul calls game
Although Chris Paul wasn’t a major part of Phoenix’s comeback, he had some phenomenal plays late in the game. The 35-year-old veteran couldn’t miss in crunch time as he took the Suns over the edge. Multiple three-pointers along with some eye-catching shooting in the final few minutes gave Phoenix the win.
Knicks struggle to create offensive creativity
Although they managed to finish with 110 total points, the Knicks were lacking creativity in their loss to Phoenix. As Julius Randle seemed passive throughout the entirety of the game, the rest of the team was forced to pick up the load. Although they started off well as they grew a 15 point lead, they struggled to penetrate the Suns’ defense in the second half. The fluidity of the offense was nothing to be proud of as “iso ball” was the name of the game later on.
The Knicks play the Chicago Bulls in the final game of their long home-stand. This game will be key as it is the last before a daunting 6-game road trip out West.