If the year was still 2013, this would be a kind of a game the New York Knicks would find a way to lose. Leading by as many as 14 points over the Suns, the away team rallied back to take a five point lead in the fourth quarter against New York. However, it's 2014 now and this team has done nothing but play winning basketball
Carmelo Anthony scored 29 points and grabbed 16 rebounds to lead New York to it's fifth straight win by defeating the Phoenix Suns 98-96 in overtime. The Knicks held the Suns without a field goal in the extra session as they were able to overcome a five-point deficit in the final 4:43 of the fourth quarter to force overtime.
"I think now as a team, I think mentally we're a different type of team," Anthony said. "I think now we're starting to believe that when we do get down, we still have a chance to win the basketball game."
Phoenix would go on a 9-0 run midway through the fourth quarter to open up an 88-83 lead. New York would rally back to eventually take a 92-90 lead thanks to Raymond Felton's three-pointer from the corner with 53 seconds left.
"We showed a lot of poise, showed a lot of pride," said Felton, who scored 19 points. "We made the plays down the stretch that we needed to. We got the right stops, hit the right shots, got the right rebounds. We did a little things to come out with a win.
Felton's shot came in large part to Anthony's great pass in traffic to find his point guard for the open trey.
Kenyon Martin continues to be an unsung hero for the Knicks. He is proving to be just as valuable as any other player on the roster. Martin nearly had a double-double with eight points and nine rebounds. He did a fantastic job in defending Suns point guard Goran Dragic late in the game as the Suns point guard gave New York fits all night.
"The game is not over until the clock hits zero,"Martin said. "We lost some close games early on, so we are just learning from the mistakes that we made early, just trying to build on what we've been doing."
Without Tyson Chandler for a fifth straight game because of bronchitis, the defense for New York has been very stingy holding opponents to an average of 92 points during the winning streak.
“We need to continue what we’ve been doing — play tough defense each and every night,’’ Martin said. “I think that’s what our statement should be. I’ve been preaching that since day one. I think we realize that.’’
Martin was called for a questionable call on Leandro Barbosa with 1.2 seconds remaining left in the game It appeared that Martin had one hand on part of the ball which would been called for a jump ball. However a foul was called and Barbosa sank both free throws with 1.2 seconds left.
Martin came back in the overtime to feed Anthony a pass for a easy basket to open the scoring, and then slammed back a miss shot to give New York a 96-92 lead that they would not lose. Suns had trouble shooting the basketball all night as they hit only 36% of their shots against an improving New York defense.
"It was a total team effort tonight but it was our defense coming down the stretch that secured it," Knicks coach Mike Woodson said.
The Knicks will now travel to Charlotte to face the Bobcats tomorrow night. They are 1-1 on the season against them and only 3-5 in the second game of back-to-backs. New York will have that again on Thursday and Friday when they play the Pacers and Clippers.