At the end, there were 2,000 voices pleading with the Knicks to finish this off, pleading with them to figure out a way to solve the Phoenix Suns and add a 10th straight win to the pile. The Knicks had built a couple of 15-point leads early but even then it all felt like fool’s gold, felt like this would be 48 minutes of struggle.
And here they were, careening toward the 48th minute.
Here they were, within four points with 3 ½ minutes to go. Derrick Rose had the ball and an idea to cut that lead in half, he was the only one of the Knicks’ front-line players who’d brought his A game to the Garden. The Knicks had just forced a shot-clock violation. There was a whiff of destiny in the air.