Black Friday boos boomed by the Garden.
This was not how the Knicks needed to begin their post-Thanksgiving schedule. It’s one factor to lose to the scorching Suns. It’s one other to stink up the Garden earlier than a sell-out vacation crowd of 19,800.
The Knicks heard boos repeatedly in the second quarter with one bonehead play after one other and wound up getting smacked by Devin Booker and the 2021 NBA finalists, 118-97.
Booker, hitting each extremely contested and uncontested bounce pictures, exploded for 32 factors in 35 minutes because the Suns received their fifteenth straight recreation. They haven’t lost in November. Phoenix (16-3) now has crushed the Knicks seven straight instances.
Being with out level guard Derrick Rose (sprained ankle) was a killer as no person picked up the slack and now the 10-9 Knicks face the red-hot Hawks on Saturday in a rigorous back-to-back with an opportunity to fall to .500.
Even the bench grasp, Obi Toppin, couldn’t do a factor proper. An straightforward go slipped proper by Toppin’s fingers out of bounds late in the third quarter because the Suns took an 88-71 lead into the fourth.
Evan Fournier hit three of his first 4 pictures, however went 1 for 11 the remainder of the way in which and didn’t play the fourth quarter. Julius Randle was quiet (9 factors in 32 minutes)
In the third quarter, the Randle-Fournier move confirmed it wants extra work. Fournier inbounded to Randle who tried to give it again to Fournier, who wasn’t trying. Turnover — one in every of 16.
Way sooner than common, Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau emptied the top of the bench with Kevin Knox, Miles McBride and Jericho Sims getting taking part in time roughly halfway by the fourth quarter. But the coach most likely was legitimately in search of any spark.
The Knicks completed the opening half with 9 turnovers and shot simply of 5 of 19 in a hideous second quarter to fall behind by 19 factors, 57-38. After Fournier airballed a runner, Mikal Bridges (10 factors, three assists) raced down for a fast-break hoop and a 48-34 lead.
Moments later, level guard Kemba Walker slipped to the court docket, dropping the ball and Booker scored on a quick break.
Booker punctuated his 21-point first half by drilling a 20-footer on the shot-clock buzzer with RJ Barrett draped over him for almost 10 seconds.
If Booker had performed midway this nicely in Game 6 of The Finals in opposition to the Bucks, there would have been a Game 7 in Phoenix. Booker shot 10 of 17 in the half
Fournier drained three 3-pointers in the sport’s first three minutes, then went ice chilly — as did the Knicks.