Let’s get this out of the way: I highly doubt there’s a non-embarrassing way to lose at home to the last-place Phoenix Suns. Sure, the Knicks were playing the second night of a back-to-back, and sure, the Suns have played better of late. But this is a 6-24 team we’re talking about here.
...or it was. The Suns picked up their seventh win of the season —their second road win — on Monday night, stomping the Knicks 128-110. The main culprit was a 41-17 third-quarter drubbing that turned a seven-point Knicks halftime lead into a 17-point deficit by the start of the fourth. Phoenix outscored the Knicks by 24 in the quarter, matching their biggest quarter differential since November 2014.
In terms of humiliating 12-minute ass-whoopings, this was probably the worst since March 2014, when a 24-46 Lakers club put up 51 points on the Knicks. Remember that game? Remember Nick Young’s premature celebration?
Was that really four, almost five years ago? So many bad Knicks performances between now and then.
The player of the game for New York was undoubtedly Emmanuel Mudiay, who dropped 32 points, 6 assists and 6 rebounds on Phoenix.
Halftime Highlight ✨@emmanuelmudiay is cookin' — NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) December 18, 2018
18p in the 1st half pic.twitter.com/DqeFPS1pKv
Kevin Knox had a strong first quarter, with 13 points. Otherwise, pretty crappy night. Recap to come.