Rapid Reaction: Knicks 106, Suns 99
December, 2, 2012
By Ian Begley | ESPNNewYork.com
WHAT IT MEANS: Another game at Madison Square Garden, another win for the Knicks.
The Knicks topped the Suns on Sunday afternoon 106-99 and are 7-0 at home for the first time since 1992-93.
They have won all but one of their games at home by double figures and are 12-4, the second-best record in the Eastern Conference behind Miami (12-3).
MELO DRAMA: Stop me if you've heard this before: the Knicks' offense was led by Carmelo Anthony.
Anthony had 34 points in 34 minutes. He finished the afternoon shooting 11-for-27 and was serenaded with MVP chants from the Garden crowd midway through the fourth quarter.
Anthony entered play Sunday averaging 29 points on 47 percent shooting in his past five games.
RAY'S DAY: Ray Felton had a strong afternoon running point for New York. He had 23 points, seven assists and no turnovers.
Once again, the Knicks' ball movement was strong despite the absence of Jason Kidd. They had 14 assists on 23 makes midway through the second quarter and finished the game with 21 assists on 40 makes. They turned it over just seven times.
SHEED T'D UP: Maybe Rasheed Wallace just wanted to watch some football.
He picked up career technical fouls 316 and 317 late in the first quarter on Sunday, shortly after the noon tipoff, for arguing a foul call.
He played just 1 minute, 25 seconds in the game.
Wallace appeared to argue with officials after he was whistled for a foul on Phoenix forward Luis Scola.
He then yelled at officials after Goran Dragic missed his free throw and was ejected.
The 38-year-old Wallace continued to argue with officials as he walked off the court flanked by security.
With Marcus Camby (sore left foot) out, rookie Chris Copeland picked up the slack with eight points in the second quarter.
EFFICIENT TYSON: Tyson Chandler finished last month shooting 71 percent from the field. And he picked up right where he left off on Sunday, finishing with 14 points on 6-for-8 shooting and hauling in 12 rebounds.
The Knicks forced the Suns into 17 turnovers and turned them into 23 points.
WHAT'S NEXT: The Knicks will likely take a day off Monday and return to practice Tuesday to prepare for a game against Bronx product Kemba Walker and the improved Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday at 7 p.m. That's the warm-up for their showdown with the Heat in Miami on Thursday. They'll wrap up their three-game trip with a game in Chicago on Saturday.
The Knicks hope to get Kidd (lower back spasms) back sometime during the road trip.