New York Knicks: Kristaps Porzingis' big night spoiled by OT loss to Phoenix Suns

The New York Knicks weren’t able to escape with a win in their third straight close game on the West Coast. They lost in OT, 113-111.

  • New York Knicks 111 (14-11)
  • Phoenix Suns 113 (8-17)
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  • Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix, AZ

It’s hard to remember when the New York Knicks weren’t playing a close game down the stretch. They won the first two games of their Western Conference road trip against the Los Angeles Lakers and Sacramento Kings by a combined nine points. They played with fire but came out on top due to inferior competition.

They weren’t so lucky on Tuesday night in Phoenix. Despite 34 points from Kristaps Porzingis, who got into a memorable scuffle with the Suns’ Marquese Chriss, the Knicks fell short 113-111.

An incredible 19-4 fourth quarter run led by Porzingis and a motley crew lineup of Kyle O’Quinn, Justin Holiday, Ron Baker, and Lance Thomas was ruined with the loss. O’Quinn was huge for the Knicks again with 22 points and a team-high 14 rebounds. Five were offensive.

When Porzingis fouled out with 1:34 left in OT the Knicks were deflated. KP was on fire and carrying the team on an off night from Carmelo Anthony.

Melo was 3-15 and missed the go-ahead jumper with six seconds remaining in overtime. It wasn’t his night.

It wasn’t Jeff Hornacek’s night either in his return to Phoenix just one season after an unceremonious dismissal as head coach.

But the biggest news of the night was Derrick Rose having to leave after just 10 minutes of first quarter action. Rose’s back acted up again and he went to the locker room and didn’t return. Not a good sign for Thursday’s game against the Golden State Warriors.

Former Knick Tyson Chandler took out his frustrations on his old team tonight with 13 points and 23 rebounds.

Suns point guard Eric Bledsoe led the team in scoring (31) and assists (8) and was a perfect 12-12 from the free-throw line.

I'm ESNY's Executive Editor for I cover the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets. Email: Chip Murphy covers the NBA for Elite Sports NY. You can find him on Twitter @ChipperMurphy.