On Wednesday night, the Knicks were done in by a dismal first quarter. They managed to put a rough start behind them quickly on Friday in Phoenix, but an inexcusably poor end to the third quarter portended doom.
What happened to New York at the end of the third? I’m too tired and pissed off to describe it, so y’all can watch for yourselves.
Wow, Suns end the 3rd by scoring two buckets in the last second of the quarter. An ugly turn for the Knicks. Cam Payne steals the inbounds with 0.8 seconds to beat the buzzer with a layup, after a Randle airball leads to a run out and layup in transition. Knicks-Suns tied at 88. pic.twitter.com/UhKRHXGJGz— Mike Vorkunov (@MikeVorkunov) May 8, 2021
The Suns — who are really freaking good, by the way — took the momentum and ran with it in the fourth quarter.
The game started off with the Suns building a quick double-digit lead before a certain point guard who shall remain nameless exited for Derrick Rose. The Knicks then went on a massive run and actually finished the quarter with a lead. They stretched that lead to seven by halftime.
But anyone who watched the Knicks’ first matchup with the Suns knew that Phoenix wasn’t going away. They started to hit their threes. They were moving without the ball. Chris Paul was his ever-annoying self. They’re just too good.
Ah well, the Knicks have a losing streak for the first time in a while. They still have to play the two LA teams, so that won’t be easy.
Recap tomorrow morning.