Steve Nash #13 of the Phoenix Suns drives to the basket against Amar'e Stoudemire #1 of the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on January 17 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

Suns 91, Knicks 88: Carmelo Anthony Held To 5-22 Shooting

Phoenix snaps their five-game skid with some defense.

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Grant Hill Holds Carmelo Anthony To 12 Points, Phoenix Suns Beat NY Knicks 91-88

When the New York Knicks and Phoenix Suns face off, typically you expect a barnburner with both teams scoring at least 110 points. That was not the case Wednesday night when the Suns took a five-game losing streak into Madison Square Garden. Had the two teams played two overtime periods, they still might not have gotten 110. However, the Phoenix defense held the Knicks to 32 percent shooting, Grant Hill limited Carmelo Anthony to 12 points on 5-22 shooting and the Suns defeated New York 91-88.

Coming into the game, coach Alvin Gentry shook things up with the starting lineup, trying to create some sort of change. Instead of Jared Dudley and Channing Frye, he inserted Ronnie Price and rookie Markieff Morris as starters. Steve Nash was even listed as the starting shooting guard, rather than at the point. The reason? It was an attempt to get the second unit some firepower.

While the offense was not spectacular, the production was more even from starting to second unit. The bench scored 37 points (although Morris played only five minutes and Price only 14), led by Shannon Brown's 14 and Channing Frye's three three-pointers.

The first quarter was very even when the Suns finished with a one-point lead. There were numerous ties and lead changes. After the first half, the lead was three points. For the rest of the game, the Suns maintained a small lead most of the way.

Near the end of the fourth quarter, with the game on the line, Shannon Brown scored five points, including a three-pointer from the corner that hit the rim, grazed the top of the backboard and then fell in to give the Suns an 85-80 lead. New York fought back, hitting a pair of threes, one by Carmelo Anthony and another by Iman Shumpert and pulled within one, but Steve Nash iced the game with six free throws.

Nash had another huge game with 26 points and 11 assists on 9-12 shooting. Marcin Gortat had another double-double, scoring 11 to go with 12 rebounds.

For New York, Amare Stoudemire led the team in scoring with 23 points, but shot 7-22. Shumpert had 20 points, including three threes.

Next up for the Suns are the Boston Celtics in Boston on Friday.

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Phoenix Suns At New York Knicks: TV Schedule, Lineups And The Best Shot At A Road Win

The Phoenix Suns (4-9) are epic bad right now. They can't possibly be this bad all season, right? They some times manage to shoot the bad well but can't defend. Some times they manage to defend well but can't shoot. Outside of Steve Nash and Marcin Gortat, no one on this roster is giving consistent results. That could be because they are not talented enough or it could be one of the many excuses that come from the lockout. We'll see.

In the meantime, the New York Knicks are next up and they aren't doing so well either. At 6-7, the Pride of Gotham isn't nearly as impressive as the New Yorkers hoped.

It turns out Amare Stoudemire doesn't play well without a) a great point guard or b) with a big man clogging up the middle of the lane. Stunning, huh?

The Suns may have "played" the previous night in Chicago, but this is still going to be their best chance for a win on the road trip.

Projected lineups:

TV Broadcast info:

The game tips at 5:30 p.m. Arizona time on Fox Sports Arizona and on the radio at Arizona Sports 620. Live game thread will be available at Bright Side of the Sun.

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Suns Lose to Bulls 97-118, Fall To 0-2 On Road Trip

The Phoenix Suns fell to the Chicago Bulls 97-118 tonight at the United Center in Chicago. It was the Suns fifth consecutive loss and they have started their five game road trip 0-2. Steve Nash led the Suns with 25 points and had nine assists , but it was not nearly enough has the Suns fell to the Chicago, who were without Derrick Rose.

The game started out even through the first five minutes of action. However, the Bulls began to pull away towards the end of the first quarter and never looked back, leading by 20 at halftime. Carlos Boozer led the Bulls with 31 points and six rebounds. C.J. Watson, who was filling in for the injured Rose, added 23 points, five assists and four rebounds.

Marcin Gortat and Robin Lopez both had exceptional games for Phoenix. Gortat had 14 points and grabbed 15 rebounds. Lopez led the bench with 16 points and added six rebounds.

The most surprising stat of the night could very well be that even though the Bulls were without their point guard, they had 12 more assists than the Suns (31-19). Kyle Korver and Richard Hamilton each had six assits for Chicago. The Bulls also shot 53.4% from the field and scored 25 points above their season average.

The Suns committed 19 turnovers and forced the Bulls into only six. The defense that won games for the Suns early in the season has disappeared as the Suns last five opponents have all scored over 100 points.

The Suns continue their brutal road trip tomorrow night when they play former coach Mike D'antoni and the New York Knicks.

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Derrick Rose Injury: Chicago Bulls PG Out With Turf Toe Vs. Phoenix Suns

The Chicago Bulls are pretty much dependent on Derrick Rose to be their main man in almost every sort of way. He's their best passer, scorer and play-maker, and every second he's not on the floor the team suffers. The Bulls saw that happen when they lost to the Memphis Grizzlies on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, when Rose had to sit out and Chicago struggled as a team.

It looks like they'll have to make do without him for the second straight night.

Frankly, the Bulls need Rose as soon as possible. C.J. Watson is a serviceable point guard and is perfectly capable as your backup, but he's not a starter and everyone knows it. The Suns need to take advantage of this mismatch early and often in tonight's contest.

To discuss Rose and the Bulls, go to Blog A Bull. To discuss the Suns, go to Bright Side of the Sun.


Phoenix Suns Vs. Chicago Bulls: TV Schedule To Watch Derrick Rose And Steve Nash

The Suns face another tough test on Tuesday when the road trip leads the 4-8 Phoenix team into Chicago to face Derrick Rose and the Bulls.

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