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Suns use big 3rd quarter to beat Knicks for 3rd in a row

NEW YORK (AP) A 4-24 record didn't discourage the Phoenix Suns, so a seven-point halftime deficit certainly wouldn't.

The young Suns wiped away the second one, and insist they'll keep chipping away at the first.

''We're building,'' guard Devin Booker said. ''We're getting better every game.''

Booker tied his season high with 38 points, T.J. Warren scored 17 of his 26 during Phoenix's 41-point third quarter and the Suns beat the New York Knicks 128-110 on Monday night for their third straight victory.

Phoenix outscored New York 41-17 in the third and went on to win three consecutive games for the first time since March 2-5, 2017. The Suns won only four times in their first 28 games, but are 3 for 3 since.

Deandre Ayton finished with 21 points and 13 rebounds for the Suns in an impressive start to a five-game road trip, their longest of the season. Jamal Crawford had a career-high 14 assists as last-place Phoenix improved to 2-13 away from home, toughening up in the second half after giving up 12 offensive rebounds in the first.

''Whatever it was, it was a completely different team in the second half,'' Suns coach Igor Kokoskov said. ''We saw two different teams, understanding that if we rebound the ball we're going to win the game.''

Booker just returned Saturday from a six-game absence with a left hamstring strain and scored 28 points against Minnesota. He was even better with a game under his belt, hurting the Knicks not only with his perimeter shooting but also by going 14 of 15 at the free throw line and grabbing seven rebounds.

Emmanuel Mudiay had 32 points, six rebounds and six assists for the Knicks, who lost for the seventh time in eight games. Rookie forward Kevin Knox scored 17.

''We were up in the first half and at halftime I think we got a little relaxed and thought the game was over and they were going to roll over for us,'' said Knox, who had just four points in the second half. ''But, that's not what happened.''

New York played without leading scorer Tim Hardaway Jr. because of a sore right heel.

Mudiay came in averaging 18.5 points in his last eight games and was just about there by halftime, with 18 points. Knox had 13 and the Knicks were ahead 66-59.

Things changed quickly in the third quarter, when the Suns went 16 of 22 from the field - with one of the misses being a halfcourt heave as the buzzer sounded.

The game was tied at 79 after Mudiay's layup but Warren nailed a long 3-pointer to ignite a 21-4 finish to the period. Warren had another 3 later in the run, and Crawford hit a couple of jumpers and had four assists, including an alley-oop pass to Richaun Holmes.

''The water was coming through the dam through so many holes,'' Knicks coach David Fizdale said. ''We didn't show a lot of toughness during that run.''

With their 100-83 lead, the Suns kept up the pressure early in the fourth and quickly put the game out of reach.

TIP-INS

Suns: Josh Jackson scored 14 points and Holmes had 13. ... Kelly Oubre Jr. and Austin Rivers were not with the team after their acquisition from Washington became official earlier Monday. The Wizards agreed to send them to Phoenix on Saturday for Trevor Ariza.

Knicks: Veteran guard Courtney Lee started for Hardaway in just his seventh game of the season. Lee was out when the season began because of a neck injury. ... The Knicks played without rookies Allonzo Trier (strained left hamstring) and Mitchell Robinson (sprained left ankle). Trier's absence prevented him from facing Ayton, his former Arizona teammate.

JAMAL'S BALL

Ayton said the Suns gave the game ball to the 38-year-old Crawford, whose previous best was 12 assists. Crawford is far better known as a scorer and volume shooter. But he noted he was a point guard in high school, college and the early part of his NBA career before he became a three-time winner of the Sixth Man Award.

''I think especially for me, I'm known as such a scorer, and I can score - like, I really can score - but sometimes the defense thinks that, too, and they fall asleep and I see guys,'' Crawford said.

UP NEXT

Suns: Visit Boston on Wednesday.

Knicks: Visit Philadelphia on Wednesday.

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Key Players
D. Booker
1 SG
E. Kanter
00 C
27.3 Min. Per Game 27.3
15.2 Pts. Per Game 15.2
2.0 Ast. Per Game 2.0
11.5 Reb. Per Game 11.5
44.8 Field Goal % 55.3
44.4 Three Point % 55.7
85.3 Free Throw % 83.0
+ 2 Mario Hezonja made reverse layup, assist by Luke Kornet 0:23
  Defensive rebound by Kevin Knox 0:38
  Devin Booker missed fade-away jump shot 0:41
  Trey Burke missed jump shot 0:49
+ 2 Devin Booker made finger-roll layup 0:55
+ 1 Frank Ntilikina made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:08
  NY team rebound 1:08
  Frank Ntilikina missed 1st of 2 free throws 1:08
  Personal foul on Devin Booker 1:08
+ 3 De'Anthony Melton made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Devin Booker 1:21
+ 1 Luke Kornet made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:40
Team Stats
Points 128 110
Field Goals 48-92 (52.2%) 40-99 (40.4%)
3-Pointers 9-27 (33.3%) 9-35 (25.7%)
Free Throws 23-27 (85.2%) 21-29 (72.4%)
Total Rebounds 55 60
Offensive 4 16
Defensive 40 34
Team 11 10
Assists 27 15
Steals 8 5
Blocks 5 1
Turnovers 7 11
Fouls 20 21
Technicals 1 0
38 PTS, 7 REB, 2 AST
32 PTS, 6 REB, 6 AST
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away team logo Suns 7-24 28314128128
home team logo Knicks 9-23 32341727110
Team Stats
away team logo Suns 7-24 PPG RPG APG
home team logo Knicks 9-23 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
D. Booker SG 26.6 PPG 4.1 RPG 6.8 APG 46.7 FG%
E. Mudiay PG 14.8 PPG 3.3 RPG 3.9 APG 44.6 FG%
Top Scorers
D. Booker SG 38 PTS 7 REB 2 AST
E. Mudiay PG 32 PTS 6 REB 6 AST
52.2 FG% 40.4
33.3 3PT FG% 25.7
85.2 FT% 72.4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
D. Booker 38 7 2 11/23 2/7 14/15 5 37 2 0 1 0 7 +10 50
T. Warren 26 5 1 11/18 4/8 0/0 1 39 3 2 1 0 5 +25 37
D. Ayton 21 13 1 8/14 0/0 5/5 2 29 0 0 2 4 9 +7 34
M. Bridges 7 5 2 3/6 0/3 1/2 3 33 1 0 0 0 5 +2 17
D. Melton 3 1 2 1/4 1/2 0/0 1 20 1 0 1 0 1 +15 8
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
D. Booker 38 7 2 11/23 2/7 14/15 5 37 2 0 1 0 7 +10 50
T. Warren 26 5 1 11/18 4/8 0/0 1 39 3 2 1 0 5 +25 37
D. Ayton 21 13 1 8/14 0/0 5/5 2 29 0 0 2 4 9 +7 34
M. Bridges 7 5 2 3/6 0/3 1/2 3 33 1 0 0 0 5 +2 17
D. Melton 3 1 2 1/4 1/2 0/0 1 20 1 0 1 0 1 +15 8
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Jackson 14 7 3 5/9 2/3 2/4 3 25 0 1 0 0 7 +13 28
R. Holmes 13 4 1 6/7 0/0 1/1 4 18 0 2 0 0 4 +11 21
J. Crawford 6 2 14 3/9 0/3 0/0 0 26 1 0 2 0 2 +14 35
T. Daniels 0 0 0 0/2 0/1 0/0 1 5 0 0 0 0 0 -4 0
D. Bender 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
J. Evans 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 -3 2
R. Anderson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Rivers - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. King - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Moreland - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Oubre Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Okobo - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 128 44 27 48/92 9/27 23/27 20 235 8 5 7 4 40 +90 232
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
E. Mudiay 32 6 6 12/21 2/6 6/7 3 32 0 0 2 1 5 -8 48
K. Knox 17 5 0 6/16 2/7 3/4 5 37 0 0 1 3 2 -2 21
E. Kanter 13 10 4 4/11 0/1 5/6 2 27 1 1 1 5 5 -4 32
C. Lee 12 4 0 5/8 1/3 1/1 2 21 0 0 1 0 4 -16 15
N. Vonleh 3 7 0 1/4 0/1 1/2 3 16 1 0 3 4 3 -18 8
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
E. Mudiay 32 6 6 12/21 2/6 6/7 3 32 0 0 2 1 5 -8 48
K. Knox 17 5 0 6/16 2/7 3/4 5 37 0 0 1 3 2 -2 21
E. Kanter 13 10 4 4/11 0/1 5/6 2 27 1 1 1 5 5 -4 32
C. Lee 12 4 0 5/8 1/3 1/1 2 21 0 0 1 0 4 -16 15
N. Vonleh 3 7 0 1/4 0/1 1/2 3 16 1 0 3 4 3 -18 8
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
M. Hezonja 14 5 0 6/11 1/3 1/3 1 17 0 0 0 1 4 -10 19
F. Ntilikina 9 3 1 3/11 2/6 1/2 3 28 0 0 0 1 2 -17 14
L. Kornet 6 3 2 1/5 1/5 3/4 0 13 1 0 2 0 3 -10 12
T. Burke 4 2 2 2/9 0/1 0/0 0 23 2 0 0 0 2 -2 12
L. Thomas 0 5 0 0/3 0/2 0/0 2 19 0 0 1 1 4 -3 4
T. Hardaway Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Hicks - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Porzingis - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Trier - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Baker - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Dotson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Robinson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 110 50 15 40/99 9/35 21/29 21 233 5 1 11 16 34 -90 185