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Porzingis scores 37 points in Knicks' 120-107 win over Suns

NEW YORK (AP) After racing back for an emphatic block on one end and streaking downcourt to get the ball back and slam it down while being fouled on the other, Kristaps Porzingis had one thing left to finish off his highlight-reel, end-to-end possession .

''I had to calm myself down to knock down the free throw,'' Porzingis said.

He did, his final point in a 37-point performance that carried the New York Knicks to a 120-107 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Friday night, giving Jeff Hornacek his first win over his former team and making a believer out of his opponent.

''Porzingis is special. He has a chance to be the best player in this league,'' said Suns center Tyson Chandler, the former Defensive Player of the Year. ''Watching him tonight and seeing what he's done so far this season, he has a real shot of being the best player in this league.''

Porzingis fell just shy of the career-best 38 points he scored Monday against Denver, unable to score again after rejecting rookie Josh Jackson and delivering his powerful dunk on the other end to trigger loud ''MVP! MVP!'' chants.

''I loved that play,'' Porzingis said. ''Just the energy that was in the Garden at the moment, it was unbelievable.''

Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 21 points and Enes Kanter added 16 points and 15 rebounds for the Knicks. They bounced back from a loss to Houston on Wednesday to win for the fourth time in five games after a 0-3 start.

The Suns swept the two-game series last season, Hornacek's first coaching the Knicks. He spent 2 1/2 seasons coaching the Suns from 2013-16.

Devin Booker scored 34 points for the Suns, who had won two straight and four of five after they also started 0-3. Phoenix lost forward T.J. Warren to a head injury in the first half, a game after he scored a career-best 40 points.

Porzingis was 13 for 22 from the field in his sixth 30-point performance in eight games this season.

''When you see a 7-3 guy backing up the court, doing between the legs, playing 1-on-1, that's special,'' Kanter said. ''I mean, he's been doing an unbelievable job.''

The Knicks led 32-19 after one quarter, then ran off the first eight of the second for a 40-19 advantage. Phoenix cut it to 72-66 early in the third but the Knicks pulled away again, pushing the lead back to 16 by the end of the period.

TIP-INS

Suns: Warren was hurt in the first quarter when he crashed into Kanter, remaining on the court for a few minutes before returning to the locker room. The Suns said he had a headache and wouldn't play in the second half. ... F Marquese Chriss fouled out with more than 10 minutes remaining, finishing with five points and nine rebounds in about 16 minutes.

Knicks: Porzingis was listed as questionable to play after not practicing Thursday because of a stomach illness. He went to the Knicks' training facility and sat in on their film session, but was then sent home. ... Kanter was cut under his chin in the collision with Warren but was able to return without stitches.

COMMENTS CONTROVERSY

Porzingis downplayed comments made in a Latvian magazine by his brother Janis, an agent in the firm that represents him, that surfaced a day earlier. Janis Porzingis referenced his brother's dissatisfaction with the Knicks last season, when he skipped his exit interview, and noted that Kristaps would need to be happy to re-sign with the team in the future, even if leaving meant taking less money. But Kristaps said much of the comments were taken out of context and that fans shouldn't be concerned. ''I think the fans know I'm here in New York, I love New York and I see myself as a Knick for a long, long time, and I don't think they should be worried about it,'' Porzingis said.

END OF THE ROAD

The Suns were denied their first three-game road winning streak since winning five in a row under Hornacek in December 2014.

SERIES STATS

The Knicks went back ahead 63-62 in the series. The Suns still haven't led since winning Oct. 24, 1968, in their first meeting.

UP NEXT

Suns: Visit San Antonio on Sunday night.

Knicks: Host Indiana on Sunday night.

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Key Players
D. Booker
1 G
K. Porzingis
6 F
33.1 Min. Per Game 33.1
27.9 Pts. Per Game 27.9
1.1 Ast. Per Game 1.1
7.9 Reb. Per Game 7.9
46.3 Field Goal % 48.3
44.6 Three Point % 46.8
91.1 Free Throw % 81.7
+ 2 Tyson Chandler made dunk, assist by Mike James 0:00
  24-second shot clock violation turnover 0:05
  Offensive rebound by Enes Kanter 0:28
  Courtney Lee missed jump shot 0:30
  Defensive rebound by Courtney Lee 0:52
  Mike James missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:57
  Defensive rebound by Mike James 1:00
  Enes Kanter missed layup 1:02
+ 2 Tyson Chandler made alley-oop shot, assist by Mike James 1:20
  Defensive rebound by Tyson Chandler 1:26
  Enes Kanter missed jump shot 1:29
Team Stats
Points 107 120
Field Goals 34-97 (35.1%) 45-87 (51.7%)
3-Pointers 9-32 (28.1%) 8-26 (30.8%)
Free Throws 30-37 (81.1%) 22-25 (88.0%)
Total Rebounds 60 55
Offensive 20 9
Defensive 27 40
Team 13 6
Assists 17 24
Steals 7 5
Blocks 3 7
Turnovers 10 12
Fouls 25 24
Technicals 0 1
34 PTS, 2 REB, 1 AST
37 PTS, 7 REB
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away team logo Suns 4-5 19312631107
home team logo Knicks 4-4 32332728120
Team Stats
away team logo Suns 4-5 PPG RPG APG
home team logo Knicks 4-4 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
D. Booker G 24.9 PPG 4.5 RPG 4.7 APG 43.2 FG%
K. Porzingis F 22.7 PPG 6.6 RPG 1.2 APG 43.9 FG%
Top Scorers
D. Booker G 34 PTS 2 REB 1 AST
K. Porzingis F 37 PTS 7 REB 0 AST
35.1 FG% 51.7
28.1 3PT FG% 30.8
81.1 FT% 88.0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Booker 33 34 2 1 2 0 3 5 10/19 2/7 12/12 0 2 37 -2
T. Chandler 24 15 10 0 0 0 0 1 6/11 0/0 3/4 4 6 25 -2
T. Warren 10 6 3 0 0 0 0 0 2/10 0/1 2/2 3 0 9 -11
M. Chriss 16 5 9 0 0 0 0 6 2/7 1/2 0/0 3 6 14 +14
M. James 24 2 3 8 3 1 0 0 0/9 0/4 2/3 0 3 25 +7
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Booker 33 34 2 1 2 0 3 5 10/19 2/7 12/12 0 2 37 -2
T. Chandler 24 15 10 0 0 0 0 1 6/11 0/0 3/4 4 6 25 -2
T. Warren 10 6 3 0 0 0 0 0 2/10 0/1 2/2 3 0 9 -11
M. Chriss 16 5 9 0 0 0 0 6 2/7 1/2 0/0 3 6 14 +14
M. James 24 2 3 8 3 1 0 0 0/9 0/4 2/3 0 3 25 +7
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Jackson 29 13 2 1 1 0 0 5 5/11 2/5 1/2 1 1 18 -3
A. Len 23 9 7 0 0 1 1 3 2/5 0/0 5/8 4 3 16 -11
T. Daniels 26 9 1 0 0 0 1 1 3/7 3/6 0/0 0 1 9 -8
T. Ulis 23 7 4 6 1 0 2 1 2/11 0/1 3/4 3 1 22 -20
D. Bender 26 7 5 1 0 1 2 3 2/7 1/6 2/2 1 4 13 -29
D. Jones Jr. 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 0 0 0
J. Dudley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Bledsoe - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Knight - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Reed - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Peters - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 107 47 17 7 3 10 25 34/97 9/32 30/37 20 27 188 -65
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Porzingis 31 37 7 0 1 3 2 1 13/22 1/2 10/13 2 5 46 +13
T. Hardaway Jr. 32 21 3 3 1 0 2 3 6/15 3/11 6/6 0 3 29 +2
E. Kanter 31 16 15 3 0 1 1 4 7/12 0/0 2/2 6 9 37 +9
C. Lee 32 10 5 3 2 0 1 4 4/12 2/6 0/0 1 4 22 +2
J. Jack 29 2 7 8 0 0 2 1 0/3 0/1 2/2 0 7 23 -1
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Porzingis 31 37 7 0 1 3 2 1 13/22 1/2 10/13 2 5 46 +13
T. Hardaway Jr. 32 21 3 3 1 0 2 3 6/15 3/11 6/6 0 3 29 +2
E. Kanter 31 16 15 3 0 1 1 4 7/12 0/0 2/2 6 9 37 +9
C. Lee 32 10 5 3 2 0 1 4 4/12 2/6 0/0 1 4 22 +2
J. Jack 29 2 7 8 0 0 2 1 0/3 0/1 2/2 0 7 23 -1
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. McDermott 14 12 1 0 0 0 1 3 5/8 1/4 1/1 0 1 12 +5
M. Beasley 16 11 4 0 0 0 0 2 5/7 0/0 1/1 0 4 15 0
L. Thomas 13 5 5 0 1 0 1 1 2/3 1/2 0/0 0 5 10 +12
K. O'Quinn 14 4 2 4 0 3 1 3 2/3 0/0 0/0 0 2 16 +9
F. Ntilikina 18 2 0 3 0 0 1 2 1/2 0/0 0/0 0 0 7 +14
R. Sessions - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Hicks - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Kornet - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Hernangomez - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Kuzminskas - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Baker - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Dotson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 230 120 49 24 5 7 12 24 45/87 8/26 22/25 9 40 217 +65