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- Tonight’s game features two of the game’s hottest teams. The Knicks have won nine of the past 11 while the Suns have won five straight and seven of the past eight. The Knicks (30-42) sit No. 9 in the East, just 1.5 games behind Atlanta for the final playoff spot. The Suns (43-29) are No. 8 in the West, one-half game ahead of No. 9 Dallas. “It should be a hell of a game,” Knicks coach Mike Woodson said. “Both teams are playing for something.”
- The Suns are in a nearly must-win posture tonight and Sunday at the Los Angeles Lakers. After that, their final eight-game stretch in April is extremely difficult.
- The Suns are coming off a 3-game Eastern road sweep, one that ended when they nearly misplaced a 25-point lead at Washington Wednesday. The Wizards cut the margin to just three with 1:30 to play but Eric Bledsoe rescued them by hitting a 30-footer. Suns coach Jeff Hornacek hopes his team learned something in this near debacle, but he also pointed out, “You usually (only) learn your lesson when you blow a game like that.”
- Bledsoe, who has played in nine games since returning to action March 12 vs. Cleveland, is playing some of his career’s best basketball lately. He has scored 20-plus in a career-long four straight. He had never done this in more than two straight. In these four games, He’s averaging 21.8 points on 47 percent shooting, including 47 percent on 3-pointers.
- The Knicks, who lead the all-time series 60-57, have won three straight vs. the Suns. They won, 98-96 in OT on Jan. 13 in New York.
- Both teams have their regulars available.
-– Mike Tulumello