The Rundown: Suns put an end to Knicks’ hot streak

Published April 27, 2021, 2:30 PMRenee Ticzon

Devin Booker and Chris Paul led the attack as the Phoenix Suns stopped the New York Knicks’ nine-game winning streak.


Raptors 112, Cavaliers 96
76ers 121, Thunder 90
Lakers 114, Magic 103
Spurs 146, Wizards 143
Suns 118, Knicks 110
Pistons 100, Hawks 86
Bulls 110, Heat 102
Timberwolves 105, Jazz 104
Pelicans 120, Clippers 103
Nuggets 120, Grizzlies 96
Kings 113, Mavericks 106

What went down

The Phoenix Suns posted a 118-110 win over the New York Knicks, 118-110, to end their losing skid, while also stopping the Knicks’ nine-game winning streak. 

New York started out hot, shooting an impressive 71.4 percent in the field led by Reggie Bullock, who had 12 in the opening period. Devin Booker kept the Suns alive with his own 12 points, but he couldn’t keep his team from trailing behind by as much as 15 in the opening period.

The Knicks kept their distance until the end of the first half, but things started to change after the break. The Suns came out explosive, thanks to a 11-5 run led by Booker. Derrick Rose and Immanuel Quickley teamed up to keep the Knicks in control, but the Suns finally took the lead the Knicks late in the third quarter.

The teams went back and forth in the fourth period, but Mikal Bridges helped the Suns claim a nine-point lead with less than three minutes remaining in the ball game. Momentum shifted completely to the Suns from there on as the Knicks could no longer contain them. Chris Paul sealed the win for Phoenix by scoring seven points in the final moments of the game.

Booker scored 33 points and had four rebounds and three assists. Bridges and Paul combined for 41 points, while Deandre Ayton dominated the glass with 13 rebounds, to go along with his nine points.

Julius Randle struggled to land his shots making only 18 points, six rebounds, and four assists. Derrick Rose led the Knicks with 22-6-6, while RJ Barrett and Reggie Bullock each had 17 points.

Big-time baller

Bradley Beal’s offensive excellence came through as he gave the Wizards 45 points against the San Antonio Spurs. It was Beal’s crucial layup in the fourth that sent the game to overtime. Unfortunately, he missed a game-tying three that allowed the Spurs to snatch their third straight win.

What he said

Kendrick Perkins took to Twitter and praised Anthony Edwards and his stellar performance as a rookie for the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The tweet came after another incredible game from Edwards, who had 14 points, nine rebounds, and four assists in a close win over the Utah Jazz. 

Did you see that?

Check out this play from Ja Morant, showing off his impressive ball-handling skills before finishing with a dipsy-doo.