Wednesday , Jan , 24 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Suns down Knicks to run win streak to 15

New York, NY (Sports Network) – Amare Stoudemire scored 30 points and grabbed
11 rebounds to lead the Phoenix Suns to their franchise-record tying 15th
straight win, a 112-107 victory over the New York Knicks at Madison Square
Garden.

Steve Nash added 22 points and 14 assists for the Suns, who also won 15
straight earlier this season. Shawn Marion had 20 points and 10 rebounds for
Phoenix, which trounced Washington 127-105 on Tuesday to start its current
five-game road trip.

New York rebounded from its embarrassing 101-83 loss to the Dwyane Wade and
Shaquille O’Neal-less Miami Heat on Monday to make this game respectable in
the end. However, New York trailed by as many as 17 points in the fourth
quarter and if not for 23 fourth-quarter points by Jamal Crawford it could
have been a lot worse.

Crawford ended with 29 points, 11 assists and six rebounds for the Knicks, who
have lost two straight and four of five. Eddy Curry tallied 25 points before
leaving with a strained left calf early in the fourth quarter. New York was
already without starting point guard Stephon Marbury, who missed his first
game with a sore left knee.

After the Suns turned a three-point halftime lead, 49-46, into a 17-point
fourth-quarter lead, the Knicks finally got back into it in the final stanza.
Down 89-72, New York scored seven straight points to cut the deficit to 10
points. Then, Crawford’s bucket with under five minutes to play drew New York
within 97-90.

However, less than a minute later Nash drained a three-pointer, extending the
lead back to double digits and Phoenix coasted to the finish from there.

New York managed to get back within single figures, cutting their deficit to
six with 41.6 seconds left when Crawford hit a pair of free throws and five,
108-103, following two more from the stripe by Crawford nearly 20 seconds
later.

Crawford, though, missed a three-pointer with 16 seconds left that would have
made it a three-point game and Marion hit a pair of free throws at the other
end to ice the contest.

David Lee had 17 points and 14 boards and Nate Robinson also had 17 points for
the Knicks, who led 25-24 after one quarter.

Leandro Barbosa had 15 points and James Jones tallied 12 for the Suns.

Game Notes

New York hit only 4-of-21 three-pointers compared to 9-of-21 from three for
the Suns…Quentin Richardson and Jared Jeffries, both starters for the
Knicks, each went scoreless…Jeffries played only five minutes, marking his
second straight game with barely any playing time.

NYK PHO