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Suns dismantle Knicks, gain ground in playoff race: By The Numbers

New York Knicks' Amare Stoudemire (1) has his shot blocked by Phoenix Suns' Markeiff Morris, left, and Channing Frye (8) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, March 28, 2014, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

The Phoenix Suns have wrapped up the lone remaining easy stretch of their 2013-14 schedule, but boy, did they take advantage of it.

Phoenix won seven of its final eight games against the weak Eastern Conference, capped off by a 112-88 dismantling of the New York Knicks on Friday at U.S. Airways Center.

But now, the Suns -- right in the thick of the playoff race -- face a daunting road. They take on the lowly Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday before playing seven of their last eight against teams competing for a playoff spot in the tough Western Conference.

But let's not get ahead of ourselves -- here's a closer look at Friday's blowout win, by the numbers:


Only one Phoenix player entered Friday's game without scoring -- guard Ish Smith, though he contributed to the scoreboard with an assist.


The Suns moved into the No. 7 spot in the Western Conference playoff race thanks to their win, coupled with the Warriors' 100-93 win over Memphis. The Suns have a one-game lead over No. 9 Dallas.


Former Sun Amar'e Stoudemire scored 19 points on 8-of-16 shooting to go along with six rebounds in just his second appearance since leaving Phoenix in 2010.


Phoenix forward Markieff Morris was whistled for a double-technical in the second half with New York's Tyson Chandler -- Morris' 13th technical of the year. Players receive an automatic one-game suspension if they receive 16 technical fouls.


Phoenix guard Goran Dragic was on fire against the Knicks, lighting them up for 32 points on 11-of-17 shooting, including 5-of-9 from 3-point range. He also added four assists and two rebounds.


Suns fan Tim Boven won $77,777 for hitting a halfcourt shot during a timeout that brought the entire Suns bench -- and mascot -- onto the court in celebration.


The Knicks were held to just 40 percent shooting by Phoenix, and not a single player shot better than 50 percent. Camelo Anthony led New York with 21 points on 8-of-20 shooting.


Phoenix shot 45.5 percent on the game -- a number that was much higher for much of the contest -- and saw three players surpass 50 percent from the floor.


Phoenix center Miles Plumlee finished the game with a +33 score differential, and he was easily the most efficient player on the floor, scoring 11 points on 5-of-6 shooting and grabbing 12 rebounds.

About the Author

School: University of Akron, University of Arizona When you started with Bonneville Phoenix: Sept., 2013 Favorite sports memory: Tie between flying from Akron, Ohio to Phoenix to be at the 2008 NFC Championship and being at Game 7 of the 2001 World Series Favorite all-time athlete: Jim Thome Favorite sports movies: Tin Cup, Major League, The Waterboy Most crushing sports moment: Santonio Holmes' go-ahead touchdown in Super Bowl 43


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