PHOENIX, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- A 23-point performance Friday from both Amare Stoudemire and Raymond Felton highlighted an unexpectedly easy 121-96 victory for New York over Phoenix.
Stoudemire, who made the all-star team five times while playing for Phoenix, hit 9-of-18 shots from the field and helped the Knicks break the game open in the third period.
New York opened a four-game road trip by making 17-of-34 shots from 3-point range. With former Phoenix Coach D'Antoni now running the Knicks, New York has adopted the fast-paced philosophy he once used with the Suns and it has made New York a likely playoff team.
The Knicks won their third straight and they moved seven games above the .500 mark. Wilson Chandler contributed 16 points and Shawne Williams had 15.
Phoenix, which lost its third in a row, got 19 points from Vince Carter.
New York outscored Phoenix by a dozen in the third period to take a 22-point lead into the final quarter.