While the Los Angeles Lakers fans tried to drown out Phoenix Suns fans last night, it was the Suns last got the last laugh with a 40-26 fourth quarter blitz to break open a close game.
"It's great to see. I think the chemistry on this team is really good right now," coach Jeff Hornacek said of their third straight blowout win. "They're all cheering for each other. That was an example, when Brandon got that (triple double). You saw other plays, when Alex makes a big block or a bucket, these guys are all cheering. That's a great sign that the coaches see, that they're supporting each other, and when you do that, good things happen."
Knight was stellar all night long, and ended up with one of the best NBA stat lines in the history of the league. Only Pete Maravich, Magic Johnson and Russell Westbrook have posted better lines than 30 points, 15 assists, 10 rebounds and 4 steals since 1973. That's 42 years, folks.
"I'm not going to lie to you, I knew," Knight said of being one rebound shy early in the 4th quarter. "My teammates were telling me. These guys, they root for you. We root for each other. Were really brothers, really want everybody to be successful. My teammates let me know. Of course, we want to win the game but if you can pick up one rebound, why not?"
"I was just blessed," Knight said. "Thankful that it was able roll back there because I was definitely tired."
When Knight got the rebound, on a loose-ball dribbler out to half-court, the bench went nuts. Eric Bledsoe got so excited he ran around waving his towel assuming, apparently, that the Lakers would call a timeout after such a big play. But they didn't, and he was almost T'd up for being on the court during live play. Bledsoe was that excited for his teammate Knight.
This after Bledsoe came one assist short of a triple double the other night himself. Now both players are putting up 20 and 5 this season, feeding off each other each night.
"We feel that one of those two guys is going to have an advantage," Hornacek said. "Maybe one night it will be Eric, one night it will be Brandon. We'll try to take advantage of the matchups and who's rolling and just let them go."
He's not quite the speaker that Knight is, but he is showing more of his personality this year in post game interviews.
Warren had a good night himself, with 19 points and 4 rebounds and 2 steals off the bench. He helped the Suns break the game open with a 40-point 4th quarter fueled mostly by the second unit.
"It all started on the defensive end," Warren said. "Getting easy stops and forcing them to make tough shots. We were able to get out in transition and get going from there."
Archie even had a good night, as the first and only two guard off the bench until scrub time. Goodwin put up 12 points and grabbed 6 rebounds, as well as dishing 2 assists. But he was most happy with the defense.
"Defensively, we brought a lot of intensity," Goodwin said of the second unit. "I think that's what really helped us when we got out and ran and made passes. They were doing a trap and we just executed out of that trap because they were in a desperate mode at that time. We just stayed calm and executed offensively and got stops defensively."
Here's the tail end of that interview.