Phoenix Suns star guard Chris Paul was absolutely clutch in the final 1:18 on Monday night as he scored three buckets to give the Suns a 118-110 win over the New York Knicks. "Circus shots for sure," Knicks guard Derrick Rose said, per ESPN.
The Knicks entered the game on a nine-game winning streak and they were hoping to extend their streak to 10. "We wanted this one, we wanted this one bad," said Phoenix's Devin Booker, who scored 33 points.
"Obviously we knew about the streak that they had going on and we knew that this was going to be a dogfight." Paul scored a total of seven points inside the last minute and a half at the Madison Square Garden to prevent the Knicks from making a comeback.
"There is no better place to play than here," said Paul, who had 20 points and six assists. "The energy here at the Garden... everybody was messing with the young guys before the game like this ain't just a regular game."
Booker praised Paul
"I mean, it's insurance," Booker said of Paul's ability to hit three shots in a row against the Knicks' defense. "He was guarded well on most of those possessions and it is just one of those things, you can't do anything about it.
That's Chris Paul and he makes those plays and you just have to bow your head." The Knicks are now focused on winning the next game and starting a new streak. "It's over," Knicks big man Julius Randle said of the winning streak.
"Win the next one." Elsewhere, the Utah Jazz suffered a shock loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves as the hosts won 105-104. "If I don't f--- up the last play defensively, we end up with a win," Jazz center Rudy Gobert said after the league-leading Jazz's second loss to the 18-44 Timberwolves in three nights.
"It's totally on me. [Conley] was already out there. We switched, and I should have recognized that. He did what he was supposed to do, and I didn't, so 200 percent on me. ... Mike did exactly what he had to do, and I didn't.
It's one of those plays, when you watch a replay, you just feel dumb. It's one of those. It doesn't happen a lot, but 100 percent on me, for sure."