Carmelo Anthony returns and Knicks hand Suns 13th straight road loss

Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Carmelo Anthony had 19 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists in his return from a two-game absence, and the New York Knicks snapped a four-game losing streak with a 102-84 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Friday night.

Kristaps Porzingis also rejoined the lineup with seven points and seven rebounds, and the Knicks sent the Suns to their 13th straight road loss.

Anthony had sat out with soreness in his surgically repaired left knee, and Porzingis missed his first game of the season Thursday with an upper respiratory illness. Having them back helped Arron Afflalo, who scored 12 of his 17 points in helping the Knicks open a big first-quarter lead that was never really threatened.

Rookie Devin Booker scored 21 points for the Suns, who fell to 4-21 on the road. Their last road victory was Dec. 7 in Chicago.

It was over early, with the Knicks racing to an 18-point lead in the first quarter and taking a 58-40 advantage into halftime when Sasha Vujacic beat the buzzer with a 3-pointer. New York went ahead by 26 in the third and Anthony sat out the final period.


Suns: F Jon Leuer returned after missing five games with lower back spasms. He was scoreless in 12 minutes. … After Sunday’s game in Dallas, the Suns won’t have to worry about their road woes for a while. They begin a seven-game homestand Tuesday against Toronto and won’t be back on the road until Feb. 22 at the Clippers. It’s the second longest homestand in franchise history.

Knicks: Starting point guard Jose Calderon missed his second straight game with a sore right groin. Langston Galloway started and scored 11 points. … The Knicks snapped a three-game losing streak against the Suns and regained the series lead at 61-60. The Suns haven’t led the rivalry since winning the first meeting on Oct. 24, 1968.


Both teams signed players from the NBA Development League to 10-day contracts on Friday. The Knicks called up Thanasis Antetokounmpo, whose brother Giannis plays for the Milwaukee Bucks, from Westchester. Phoenix signed Jordan McRae, who set a D-League record by scoring 61 points for Delaware against Canton on Tuesday night. Antetokounmpo made his NBA debut in the final minutes and made his lone shot, while McRae scored 12 points.