Knicks fall short to Suns as Anthony misses his first three pointer of the night, at the buzzer
Carmelo Anthony was 5-5 from behind the arc until the final seconds of the game. It was a scenario that the Knicks were already familiar with. They were leading with one minute left to play and then they allowed their opponents to score from long distance.
Last night, after never trailing in the fourth quarter, they allowed Devin Booker to shoot a three and put the Suns up for the first time since the last minutes of the third, with 30 seconds to play.
Derrick Rose tried to tie it going straight to the hoop but his layup was blocked by Eric Bledsoe.
The Knicks had one more chance to get the win after Booker shot an 11-foot airball with 6.3 seconds remaining and as Melo got the inbound pass from Ron Baker, he managed to get an open look and shoot it but the ball rolled around the rim and went out as time expired.
“That was a tough one. Had to digest right there. We got the play that we wanted, we got the shot that we wanted, we got the look that we wanted. Did everything but went in.”
Final score Suns 107, Knicks 105 and New York loses the third game in the last four, decided by the last possession.
Coach Jeff Hornacek went back to his original starting 5 after Kristaps Porzingis and Joakim Noah were cleared by the doctors. Courtney Lee was again the starting shooting guard after coming off the bench the last couple of games while Hornacek switched him with Baker.
Anthony scored a game high 31 points and added 7 rebounds while Rose followed with 26 and 5 assists. Noah was scoreless but grabbed 15 boards, Porzingis dropped 14 buckets and Lee finished with 13.