Road woes continue for the Suns, Knicks win 102-84

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After losing 102-84 to the New York Knicks tonight, the Phoenix Suns have extended their road loss streak to 13 games in a row.  It was a rough night on both ends of the floor for the Suns.

Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis were both out of the Knicks’ previous game, but returned tonight.  Anthony had an excellent game with 19 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists, and four steals.  I remember watching Anthony play in Denver and I am not able to catch the Knicks often, so it was kind of nice to see him play well.

Porzingis on the other hand did not have quite as good of a game.  He was held to seven points, but he hauled in seven rebounds, dished out three assists, had two steals, and also had a block.  Even though he did not have his best game, I was still impressed.  He had one of his patented put back dunks that electrified the crowd.

The most important play involving Porzingis in this game was when Archie Goodwin dunked right over him.  A video of that can be seen below.

This was a rough one for the Suns.  As a team, Phoenix shot 26.9% from three point range.  This year’s squad relies on the three point shot, so this is especially bad.  Jon Leuer and Mirza Teletovic returned from injuries and looked a little rusty.  Leuer finished with zero points on 0-3 shooting and Teletovic finished with four points on 2-7 shooting.  These guys will be able to get back into the groove after a couple more games.

The Suns continue to have issues on defense.  They allowed the Knicks to shoot 35% from three point range tonight, which is above their season average.  Turnovers are also an issue.  Phoenix gave the ball away 16 times tonight, which is below their season average, but still bad.  The Knicks only had eight turnovers all game.  Phoenix had more turnovers than that in one quarter in the previous game against Cleveland.

Which Suns Shone the Brightest?

1. Devin Booker – The Almighty Armani had a game high 21 points.  He went 8-15 from the floor, including 3-6 from beyond the arc.  He also had three assists and only one turnover.  His decision making is improving and we all better be quiet because The Librarian is here to stay.

2. Jordan McRae – McRae recently signed a 10-day contract with the Suns after dropping a record 61 points in a D-League game.  He was thrust into the lineup due to injuries and made the most of his minutes.  He had 12 points, two rebounds, four assists, and a steal in 25 minutes played.  This is beyond what anyone can ask for from a D-League player who is playing in his first NBA game.  Congrats to McRae!

3. T.J. Warren – Waren quietly had 12 points, two boards, and an assist.  He went 5-9 from the field after having some tough shooting nights.  At this point, Warren needs to get shots up with every opportunity he gets.

The Suns will head to Dallas to face the Mavericks on Sunday, January 31 at 5:00 pm MST.

Mitch Krmpotich

Gonzaga University class of 2016. I'm a longtime college basketball writer and a big NBA fan. I'm also a die hard Broncos, Avalanche, Zags, and Suns fan.

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