National Basketball Association
Phoenix 128, New York 105
When: 10:00 PM ET, Friday, May 7, 2021
Where: Phoenix Suns Arena, Phoenix, Arizona
Officials: #42 Eric Lewis, #34 Kevin Cutler, #44 Brett Nansel
Attendance: 8063

Jae Crowder had a strong return after missing eight consecutive games with an ankle injury by making six 3-pointers and finishing with 18 points in the Phoenix Suns' 128-105 win over the visiting New York Knicks on Friday night.

Deandre Ayton led Phoenix with 26 points and 15 rebounds, and Chris Paul had 17 points, 11 assists and six rebounds.

The game was contentious between teams jockeying for playoff position with the regular season winding down.

The Knicks' Taj Gibson was whistled for a flagrant foul for elbowing Paul in the open court, and Julius Randle was assessed a technical foul on a hard foul of Crowder in the fourth quarter.

Phoenix (48-19) remains one game behind Utah (49-18) in the Western Conference standings with only five games remaining.

New York (37-30) sits fourth in the Eastern Conference, one-half game better than Atlanta (37-31).

Mikal Bridges and Devin Booker each had 16 points, and reserves Cameron Payne (15 points) and Frank Kaminsky (10) were also productive for the Suns.

Randle led New York with 24 points and 11 rebounds, and RJ Barrett finished with 23 points and eight rebounds. Derrick Rose chipped in 17 points and six assists.

Phoenix outscored New York 23-5 between the third and fourth quarters to take control of the game.

Two 3-pointers by Crowder and another by Bridges contributed to an 11-0 run in that stretch.

Crowder's shot from beyond the arc with 9:13 left put Phoenix ahead 104-93. He was 6 of 12 from 3-point range.

Phoenix led by as many as 13 points in the first quarter, but the Knicks outscored the Suns 25-6 in one stretch to take a 63-56 halftime lead.

After the Knicks took a 10-point lead early in the third quarter, Phoenix cut the lead to two on three occasions but could not take the lead until a flurry of activity to end the period.

The Suns went on a 9-0 run in the last 50.7 seconds of the quarter to take a 90-88 lead.

Following a Kaminsky layup and a Payne 3-pointer, Phoenix's Torrey Craig made a tip-in to tie the game at 88 with 2.2 seconds left in the quarter.

An errant inbound pass by Barrett went to Payne, who made a layup at the buzzer.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
New York   Phoenix
Julius Randle 24 Scoring Deandre Ayton 26
Derrick Rose 6 Assists Chris Paul 11
Julius Randle 11 Rebounds Deandre Ayton 15
Julius Randle 7 Free Throws Made Devin Booker 9
Obi Toppin 2 Steals Cameron Payne 2
Taj Gibson 2 Blocks Deandre Ayton 1
Team Stats Summary
Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
New York 105 45.2 11-32 18-23 24 41 4 2 13
Phoenix 128 46.7 18-41 24-25 26 45 3 5 7
Upcoming Games
  • Phoenix will play their next game on the road against L.A. Lakers. The Suns have a W/L % of .681 after a win and .800 after a loss.
  • New York will play their next game on the road against L.A. Clippers. The Knicks have a W/L % of .579 after a win and .517 after a loss.