Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 12/1

Game 1: Tuesday, December 1st
Game 2: Friday, March 26th

Suns 99

(14-4, 8-4 away)

Knicks 126

(4-14, 2-8 home)

    Coverage: MSG

    7:30 PM ET, December 1, 2009

    Madison Square Garden, New York, NY

    1 2 3 4 T
    PHX 28 30 18 2399
    NY 39 32 29 26126

    Top Performers

    PHX: S. Nash 20 Pts, 3 Reb, 8 Ast, 1 Blk

    NY: D. Gallinari 27 Pts, 10 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Blk

    Knicks help D'Antoni get best of old team with dominating win over Suns

    Associated Press

    NEW YORK -- Mike D'Antoni's offense was as spectacular against the Suns as it used to be with them.

    And after watching his team blow it open early and pour it on late, he was able to relax in the final minutes for one of the few times since he left Phoenix.

    Underdogs On Top

    The Knicks snapped a five-game skid by toppling the NBA-leading Suns in a 27-point win.

    Worst winning percentage of team beating team with best record (last 15 seasons)
    Team Season Opponent Win Pct.
    Clippers 1998-99 Blazers .114
    Mavericks 1997-98 Sonics .125
    Grizzlies 1996-97 Rockets .167
    Bulls 2001-02 Lakers .171
    Knicks 2009-10 Suns .176

    Minimum 15 games played

    Danilo Gallinari had 27 points and 10 rebounds, and the New York Knicks beat the Suns 126-99 on Tuesday night, snapping a five-game losing streak and giving their coach a resounding victory over his old team.

    "If we can bottle this up," D'Antoni said. "As a matter of fact, I didn't know how to conduct myself the last five minutes. I didn't know who to put in, when to put them in. It's been a while."

    David Lee added 24 points and Al Harrington had 22 for the Knicks, who rang up a season-best 71 first-half points, then put it away when Gallinari scored seven points in a span of barely a minute midway through the third quarter.

    New York reached 100 points by the end of the third and coasted to its easiest victory of the season.

    "It means a lot when you play against a team that plays your game and is at the top of the list, because they have the best record," Gallinari said. "So it's great for us."

    Steve Nash had 20 points and eight assists for the Suns (14-4), who came in with the NBA's best record. They had won four straight by an average of 21.3 points, but this time found themselves on the other side of a blowout.

    The Suns didn't even reach 100 points, the first time this season that's happened.

    "Terrible performance," Nash said. "I'm embarrassed. Obviously just a disastrous effort. We just have to wash it away and pick it up tomorrow."

    It was a sweet victory for D'Antoni, who rode his high-scoring offensive system to an average of 58 wins in his four full seasons in Phoenix before he and the Suns parted ways after a first-round loss to San Antonio in 2008.

    He hasn't been nearly as successful with an inferior roster in New York, where he coached his 100th game Tuesday and recorded just his 36th victory. He improved to 2-1 against the Suns, though said before the game the emotions weren't the same as they were last season.

    "I've got enough problems in New York that I don't really reflect on what they're doing," D'Antoni said.

    Phoenix missed the playoffs last season, but has rededicated itself to playing fast under Alvin Gentry and was looking to start 15-3 for the first time since doing so under D'Antoni in 2004-05. But the Suns never slowed the Knicks down for long, even when they went to a zone in the third quarter.

    "Mike did a great job. He had them well prepared," Gentry said. "They shot the ball well and played well defensively. Obviously they did, we didn't get 100 points."

    New York doubled its 13-point halftime lead midway through the third quarter and led by 31 in the fourth. None of the Knicks' previous three wins had come by more than seven points.

    "Third quarters have been really tough for us, how we start third quarters," Knicks guard Chris Duhon said. "But we came out and we took care of the game mostly in the early parts of the third quarter."

    Wilson Chandler scored 14 points for the Knicks and Larry Hughes had 11 points and a season-high 12 assists.

    New York fell two points shy of its highest-scoring quarter of the season, opening a 39-28 lead. Chandler (12), Gallinari and Lee (10 apiece) were already in double figures after the first 12 minutes.

    The Knicks opened the second quarter with a 9-4 burst, extending the lead to 48-32 on Gallinari's jumper. The Suns cut it to six later in the period, but New York pushed it back to 15, repeatedly getting layups and dunks, and led 71-58 at the half.

    Amare Stoudemire, Jason Richardson and Alando Tucker scored 14 points for Phoenix, which ends a four-game trip Wednesday at Cleveland.

    Game notes

    Gentry was chosen Tuesday as Western Conference coach of the month, the fifth Phoenix coach to win the honor. D'Antoni claimed it a franchise-record four times. ... Phoenix played without reserve guard Leandro Barbosa, who sprained his left ankle Sunday in Toronto and also will miss Wednesday's game. ... The Knicks also scored 71 points in the second half against Philadelphia on Oct. 31. ... The Suns had won nine of the previous 11 meetings.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 99 126
    FGM-FGA 35-77 (.455) 47-95 (.495)
    3PM-3PA 4-17 (.235) 14-31 (.452)
    FTM-FTA 25-32 (.781) 18-27 (.667)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 12-40 19-50
    Assists 18 31
    Turnovers 17 12
    Steals 4 12
    Blocks 4 7
    Fast Break Points 6 12
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 20 (3/0) 24 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 2 31

    Top Performers

    New York
    Steve Nash Nash
    Points: 20
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 8
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 1
    Danilo Gallinari Gallinari
    Points: 27
    Reb: 10
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 2