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Bledsoe, Suns beat Knicks 113-111 in OT

PHOENIX (AP) Eric Bledsoe took over in overtime, and all Kristaps Porzingis could do was sit and watch.

That was the difference in the Phoenix Suns' 113-111 victory over the New York Knicks on Tuesday night.

Bledsoe scored the go-ahead points on a driving, left-handed layup with 30 seconds to play, the last of eight straight points for the Suns point guard in OT.

''Bledsoe is Bledsoe on the offensive end,'' Phoenix coach Earl Watson said. ''Twelve of 12 at the free-throw line, which is big-time, big-time baskets down the stretch, attacking the rim.''

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.

The game was intense and physical with six technical fouls, four against Phoenix. P.J. Tucker set the tone with his defense on Anthony.

''They got under (our skin), we got under theirs,'' Tucker said. ''It got real chippy. I love it when it gets like that.''

Anthony, though, said ''it was more me than anything they were doing.''

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 Tucker grabbed the ball for Phoenix.

Tucker missed two free throws with 1.2 seconds remaining, 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.

The Suns led by as many as 14 in the third quarter. Neither team scored in the final 1:46 of regulation.

''Our bench guys did a nice job to get us back in the fourth quarter,'' Hornacek said, ''but we just couldn't finish it.''

MINI-RUMBLE

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.

Watson didn't mind the 19-year-old Chriss' play at all.

''Marquese Chriss has to become our Draymond Green,'' Watson said. ''And I think he gave you an example or a flash of what that can be, as far as getting a flagrant, protecting his teammate. I have no problems with that. We need a presence on the court that brings fight to our team that is kind of contagious.''

The incident seemed to get Porzingis going, too. The Knicks were glad to see the usually mild-mannered Latvian get so fired up.

''He needed it,'' Anthony said. ''Sometime people try to take advantage of his kindness and I thought it was getting a little bit too much out there for him and he reacted. We had his back out there.''

TIP INST

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: 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.

UP NEXT

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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Key Players
C. Anthony
7 SF
E. Bledsoe
2 PG
32.2 Min. Per Game 32.2
19.8 Pts. Per Game 19.8
5.3 Ast. Per Game 5.3
5.6 Reb. Per Game 5.6
42.0 Field Goal % 45.1
32.7 Three Point % 30.9
86.5 Free Throw % 83.1
  Team rebound 0:00
  Kyle O'Quinn missed 3-pt. jump shot, blocked by Tyson Chandler 0:01
  Defensive rebound by Kyle O'Quinn 0:01
  P.J. Tucker missed 2nd of 2 free throws 0:01
  P.J. Tucker missed 2nd of 2 free throws 0:01
  Team rebound 0:01
  P.J. Tucker missed 1st of 2 free throws 0:01
  Personal foul on Justin Holiday 0:01
  Defensive rebound by P.J. Tucker 0:01
  Lance Thomas missed tip-in 0:03
  Offensive rebound by Lance Thomas 0:04
Team Stats
Points 111 113
Field Goals 38-97 (39.2%) 38-93 (40.9%)
3-Pointers 7-20 (35.0%) 9-30 (30.0%)
Free Throws 28-38 (73.7%) 28-33 (84.8%)
Total Rebounds 61 68
Offensive 11 16
Defensive 32 45
Team 18 7
Assists 23 13
Steals 10 9
Blocks 4 7
Turnovers 14 18
Fouls 27 28
Technicals 2 4
34 PTS, 8 REB
31 PTS, 6 REB, 8 AST
1234OTT
away team logo Knicks 14-11 2521272810111
home team logo Suns 8-17 3123311612113
Team Stats
away team logo Knicks 14-11 PPG RPG APG
home team logo Suns 8-17 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
K. Porzingis PF PPG RPG APG FG%
E. Bledsoe PG PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
K. Porzingis PF 34 PTS 8 REB 0 AST
E. Bledsoe PG 31 PTS 6 REB 8 AST
39.2 FG% 40.9
35.0 3PT FG% 30.0
73.7 FT% 84.8
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
K. Porzingis 34 8 0 12/23 4/4 6/7 6 42 3 3 2 1 7 0 46
C. Lee 14 2 2 6/8 2/3 0/0 3 29 2 0 0 1 1 0 22
C. Anthony 13 6 5 3/15 0/2 7/8 2 39 0 0 0 0 6 0 29
J. Noah 8 8 3 3/5 0/0 2/7 3 22 1 1 4 2 6 0 20
D. Rose 2 1 0 0/6 0/1 2/2 0 10 0 0 0 0 1 0 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
K. Porzingis 34 8 0 12/23 4/4 6/7 6 42 3 3 2 1 7 0 46
C. Lee 14 2 2 6/8 2/3 0/0 3 29 2 0 0 1 1 0 22
C. Anthony 13 6 5 3/15 0/2 7/8 2 39 0 0 0 0 6 0 29
J. Noah 8 8 3 3/5 0/0 2/7 3 22 1 1 4 2 6 0 20
D. Rose 2 1 0 0/6 0/1 2/2 0 10 0 0 0 0 1 0 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
K. O'Quinn 22 14 2 9/16 0/1 4/6 5 28 1 0 1 5 9 0 40
J. Holiday 8 1 3 3/8 0/2 2/2 4 25 0 0 1 0 1 0 14
L. Thomas 6 2 1 1/4 1/2 3/3 1 23 1 0 1 1 1 0 10
B. Jennings 3 0 5 1/6 0/2 1/1 0 28 1 0 2 0 0 0 12
M. Kuzminskas 1 0 0 0/3 0/2 1/2 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
R. Baker 0 1 2 0/3 0/1 0/0 2 15 1 0 2 1 0 0 4
W. Hernangomez - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Ndour - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Plumlee - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Vujacic - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 111 43 23 38/97 7/20 28/38 27 265 10 4 14 11 32 0 201
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
E. Bledsoe 31 6 8 9/21 1/4 12/12 2 39 2 1 5 2 4 0 51
M. Chriss 14 12 0 5/12 1/3 3/3 5 31 1 1 1 4 8 0 27
P. Tucker 13 7 1 6/13 1/5 0/2 5 40 3 1 2 1 6 0 24
T. Chandler 13 23 0 5/8 0/0 3/3 3 41 1 1 2 9 14 0 36
D. Booker 12 1 0 3/16 1/5 5/5 2 36 0 1 1 0 1 0 13
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
E. Bledsoe 31 6 8 9/21 1/4 12/12 2 39 2 1 5 2 4 0 51
M. Chriss 14 12 0 5/12 1/3 3/3 5 31 1 1 1 4 8 0 27
P. Tucker 13 7 1 6/13 1/5 0/2 5 40 3 1 2 1 6 0 24
T. Chandler 13 23 0 5/8 0/0 3/3 3 41 1 1 2 9 14 0 36
D. Booker 12 1 0 3/16 1/5 5/5 2 36 0 1 1 0 1 0 13
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
B. Knight 14 2 3 4/11 2/5 4/6 0 20 0 0 2 0 2 0 20
J. Dudley 6 6 1 2/4 2/3 0/0 4 22 2 1 3 0 6 0 14
L. Barbosa 6 3 0 3/5 0/2 0/0 0 18 0 1 1 0 3 0 9
D. Bender 3 0 0 1/3 1/3 0/0 3 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
A. Williams 1 1 0 0/0 0/0 1/2 4 9 0 0 0 0 1 0 2
J. Jenkins - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Len - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Warren - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Ulis - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Jones Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 113 61 13 38/93 9/30 28/33 28 264 9 7 18 16 45 0 199