PHOENIX — Eric Bledsoe took over in overtime, and all Kristaps Porzingis could do was sit and watch.
That was the difference in the Phoenix Suns’ 113-111 victory over the New York Knicks on Tuesday night.
Bledsoe scored the go-ahead points on a driving, left-handed layup with 30 seconds to play, the last of eight straight points for the Suns point guard in OT.
“Bledsoe is Bledsoe on the offensive end,” Phoenix coach Earl Watson said. “Twelve of 12 at the free-throw line, which is big-time, big-time baskets down the stretch, attacking the rim.”
Porzingis scored 34 points for New York, one shy of his career high, before fouling out with 1:34 left in OT.
Carmelo Anthony capped a 3-for-15 shooting night with an air ball that resulted in a 24-second clock violation with 5.9 seconds left.
Devin Booker’s two free throws with 5.2 seconds remaining boosted the lead to 113-110, and the Suns, coming off an overtime home loss to New Orleans on Sunday night, held on from there.
New York’s Derrick Rose didn’t play in the second half due to back spasms.