Friday, January 17, 2020
The New York Knicks are recovering from a 128-102 loss they took in the hands of the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday. They will hope to avoid a second straight loss as they host the Phoenix Suns tonight at the Madison Square Garden. The Suns, on the other hand, are dealing with struggles of their own as they try to avoid a second straight, as well.
Tonight’s matchup between these teams will mark the second and final time that they play each other this season. The last time they saw each other was on January 3 when the Suns came away with a 120-112 victory. During that game, Devin Booker scored 38 points, grabbed 3 rebounds, and dished off 7 assists while Marcus Morris had 25 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, and one block.
A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:
The New York Knicks and the Phoenix Suns have battled each other a grand total of 129 times in the past as the Knicks won 64 games while the Suns won 65 games.
-Frank Kaminsky (knee; 11.0 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 2.2 APG, 45.5 FG%, 34.8 3P%)
-Kelly Oubre (concussion; 18.3 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 1.6 APG, 46.0 FG%, 34.9 3P%)
-Tyler Johnson (coach’s decision; 5.7 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 1.7 APG, 37.6 FG%, 27.0 3P%)
-Jared Harper (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Tariq Owens (G-League)
New York Knicks:
-Reggie Bullock (neck; 9.9 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 1.5 APG, 39.7 FG%, 32.5 3P%)
-Dennis Smith (oblique; 5.2 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 2.7 APG, 32.5 FG%, 29.3 3P%)
-Wayne Ellington (coach’s decision; 4.0 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 1.0 APG, 32.3 FG%, 30.9 3P%)
-Allonzo Trier (coach’s decision; 6.3 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 1.3 APG, 45.1 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
-Ignas Brazdeikis (G-League; 1.9 PPG, 0.6 RPG, 0.4 APG, 27.3 FG%, 11.1 3P%)
-Kenny Wooten (G-League)
The game would be held close in the first half as the Suns shot forty-six percent from the field while the Knicks shot forty percent. Deandre Ayton scored 14 points while grabbing 12 rebounds and blocking 2 shots. Ricky Rubio also had 14 points as he drilled two three-pointers in the process. Devin Booker helped out with 12 points which knocking down a trey in the first quarter. Cameron Johnson played the most minutes off the bench but only had five points.
On the other end of the court, Julius Randle chalked up 12 points which included a three-pointer. Both Marcus Morris and Elfrid Payton scored six points each while Taj Gibson earned himself five points. Mitchell Robinson played 13 minutes off the bench but only scored four points as the Arizona team went into halftime with a 58-52 lead.
The Phoenix Suns closed things out in the second half as they sparked up a huge 63-46 run, shooting fifty-seven percent from the field. During that run, Booker recorded 17 more points while grabbing a board and dishing out three assists. Ayton and Rubio combined for 23 points while Dario Saric contributed with seven points. Johnson played 12 minutes off the bench but only had five points.
As for the Knicks, both Randle and Morris combined for 25 points. Robinson recorded eight points off the bench but it was the Suns who came away with a 121 to 98 victory. Devin Booker finished the game with 29 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, and one steal while Julius Randle had 26 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, and a season-high-tying 3 steals.
The Phoenix Suns travel to Massachusetts to take on Kemba Walker (21.6 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 5.0 APG, 43.6 FG%, 38.9 3P%) and the Boston Celtics (27-12) on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. This will be the second and final time that these two ball clubs will see each other this season. The last time they played each other was on November 18 when the Celtics handed the Suns a 99-85 loss. Jayson Tatum finished that game with 26 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists, and one steal while Devin Booker had 20 points, one rebound, and 4 assists.
The New York Knicks will host Tobias Harris (19.6 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 3.0 APG, 48.7 FG%, 35.9 3P%) and the Philadelphia 76ers (26-16) on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. It will mark the third of four times that that meet up this season. November 29 was the last time that they saw each other as the Knicks fell to the 76ers, 101-95. During that game, Joel Embiid scored 27 points, grabbed 17 boards, dished out 2 assists, and blocked 3 shots while Julius Randle had 22 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists, and one steal.