Bledsoe, Suns beat Knicks 113-111 in OTPosted: Updated:
Eric Bledsoe scored the go-ahead points on a driving, left-handed layup with 30 seconds to play and the Phoenix Suns beat New York 113-111 in overtime on Tuesday night, only the Knicks' second loss in eight games.
Bledsoe scored eight consecutive points late in OT and finished with 31, his third consecutive 30-point game.
Kristaps Porzingis scored 34 points for New York, one shy of his career high, before fouling out with 1:34 left in OT.
Carmelo Anthony capped a 3-for-15 shooting night with an air ball that resulted in a 24-second clock violation with 5.9 seconds left.
Devin Booker's two free throws with 5.2 seconds remaining boosted the lead to 113-110, and the Suns, coming off an overtime home loss to New Orleans on Sunday night, held on from there.
New York's Derrick Rose didn't play in the second half due to back spasms.
Kyle O'Quinn, who scored 22 points for New York, made the first free throw to cut the lead to 113-111 with 4 seconds left and purposely missed the second. Lance Thomas' tip attempt in a crowd didn't go, and P.J. Tucker grabbed the ball for Phoenix.
Tucker missed two free throws with 1.2 seconds left, but it didn't matter in a victory that spoiled the return to Phoenix for Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek, who was fired as Suns coach 10 months ago.
Tyson Chandler grabbed a season-best 23 rebounds for Phoenix, giving him 44 in his last two games. Rookie Marquese Chriss had 14 points, 12 rebounds and a soaring block of Justin Holiday's layup in overtime.
Neither team scored in the final 1:46 of regulation.
Four technical fouls and a flagrant-1 foul were called after a mini-rumble erupted in the third quarter. It began when Porzingis ran over Bledsoe, and then Chriss threw Porzingis to the floor. Porzingis got up and there was some shoving in a confrontation between the two teams.
Chriss drew a flagrant-1 foul and a technical. Technicals also were called on Bledsoe, Porzingis and Brandon Jennings.
A Knick fan behind the scorer's table was tossed for his heated reaction, aimed at Chriss, to the commotion.
Knicks: New York had started 2-0 on a road trip of at least five games for the first time since February of 2003. ... Joakim Noah missed five consecutive free throws in the final 2:08 of the first half.
Suns: Devin Booker made a huge block of Anthony's shot in the third quarter, leading to Chandler's score at the other end. ... Alex Len sat out the game with a hip bruise. ... Booker has 1,490 points in his first 100 NBA games. In Suns history, only Walter Davis, Alvan Adams and Armon Gilliam scored more in that span.
Knicks: The competition gets tougher when New York plays at Golden State on Thursday night.
Suns: Phoenix closes out a three-game homestand by facing San Antonio on Thursday night.
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