Knicks vs. Suns: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

Knicks vs. Suns: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

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Knicks vs. Suns: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

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The New York Knicks (25-38) play against the Phoenix Suns (12-12) at Footprint Center

Game Time: 10:00 PM EST on Friday March 4, 2022

New York Knicks 114, Phoenix Suns 115 (Final)

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Finally. Sorry for the delay.
5 takeaways from #Suns‘ stunner over #Knicks on Cam Johnson buzzer-beating bank 3 azcentral.com/story/sports/n… via @azcentral3:11 AM
Phoenix Suns @Suns
Must’ve been something in that lemonade.
Goodnight Suns Twitter. 🍋 pic.twitter.com/ExlTSb3d0Y3:10 AM

Phoenix Suns @Suns
“I think we have some of the best fans in the league. They show up every night… I really, really appreciate the city for that.”
– Cam Johnson
🗣️ Hear from the team tonight! – 3:06 AM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
“Yeah. Yeah.”
Cam Johnson when asked if this was the biggest shot of his career. @Phoenix Suns pic.twitter.com/tH5fy1dFsw3:02 AM

Marc Berman @NYPost_Berman
“He was on his way to a 40-point night”: Julius Randle’s mindless ejection dooms #Knicks in gut-wrenching, buzzer-beater loss to #Suns nypost.com/2022/03/05/cam…2:31 AM
Phoenix Suns @Suns
“I’m not surprised he made that shot just because he had been rolling…The thing I like about Cam is his mentality doesn’t change.”
– Coach Monty Williams pic.twitter.com/1QXk68de7Z2:29 AM

Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Cam Johnson said he didn’t like that first play from Julius Randle that injured him in a sensitive spot. Called it cheap. Tried to catch his breath but Bridges called for a sub for him. Johnson remembered a no-call in NY this year when Randle bumped him hard for a rebound. – 2:25 AM
Phoenix Suns @Suns
Enjoy the show, @LilTunechi? 🍿 pic.twitter.com/w99DVgst552:20 AM

Tom Leander @TomLeander
The price of lemonade just went up in Phx. – 2:13 AM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
As far as the Deandre Ayton rebounding thing is concerned, I’ll say this:
The last O-board by Mitchell Robinson that put the Knicks up was definitely not DA’s fault and was a matter of coverage.
There were a large number of Robinson’s other 8 O-boards where that wasn’t the case – 2:08 AM
Phoenix Suns @Suns
We didn’t forget about you, BOSSMANN NINE-NINE.!! pic.twitter.com/7MxMLTgl1W1:51 AM

CBS NBA @CBSSportsNBA
Suns’ Cam Johnson buries Knicks with game-winning, 30-foot buzzer-beater to cap off career night
cbssports.com/nba/news/suns-…1:47 AM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Did the last shot feel good?
“Yes.”
Did you call bank?
“Nope.”
Cam Johnson on his game winner 3. #Suns pic.twitter.com/v5aBttd23h1:45 AM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Cam Johnson’s heightened energy starts way before he and Julius Randle got into it in the 3rd quarter.
He said Randle gave him a shot to the ribs that knocked the wind out of him.
Didnt get a foul call. Was in pain.
Johnson responded with a career performance. #Suns pic.twitter.com/EhnnShuKEe1:44 AM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Cam Johnson on the Julius Randle play: “I didn’t like that first play of the game that I was in. It felt cheap and it hurt.” – 1:37 AM
Marc Berman @NYPost_Berman
Alec Burks: “We let one slip away”. Julius Randle’s ejection costs #Knicks a gut-wrenching, buzzer-beater loss to Suns nypost.com/2022/03/05/cam…1:36 AM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
“Let me try Cam Johnson again.”
Cameron Payne on his final assist to Johnson for the 3 at the buzzer.
Payne said on the previous play, the play was for Johnson, but the play was for Johnson.
Finished with career high 16 assists. #Suns pic.twitter.com/WPsfUYlDYw1:33 AM

Steve Popper @StevePopper
Thibodeau on Randle ejection: “It’s an emotional game, but you can’t cross over that line. You’ve got to know where to stop. And none of us are perfect, we’re going to make mistakes. But we’ve got to be disciplined.” – 1:31 AM
Fred Katz @FredKatz
Tom Thibodeau, when asked if he will talk to Randle about the ejection, says “It’s an emotional game, but you can’t cross over that line. You gotta know where to stop. None of us are perfect. We’re gonna make mistakes. But we gotta be disciplined.” – 1:30 AM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Jae Crowder said #Suns fed off Cam Johnson’s energy following his dust up with Julius Randle.
“It was contagious.” pic.twitter.com/yom80GbyPf1:28 AM

Marc Berman @NYPost_Berman
Julius Randle’s ejection costs Knicks to gut-wrenching, buzzer-beater loss to Suns with Cam Johnson the hero nypost.com/2022/03/05/cam… via @nypostsports1:28 AM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Jae Crowder said the whole team was feeding off Cam Johnson’s extra energy following the ejection of Julius Randle. They saw a fire in his eyes after that. Crowder told Johnson nearly a dozen times how proud he was of him after responding like that and not losing his cool. – 1:26 AM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Jae Crowder said he told Cam Johnson “I’m so proud of you” 8-10 times for the way that he responded to that adversity after getting into it with Randle. Said he saw that fire in his eyes afterward – 1:24 AM
Steve Popper @StevePopper
Julius Randle gets ejected and Knicks collapse again, a seventh straight loss with Cam Johnson getting the last shot and laugh newsday.com/sports/basketb… via @Newsday1:23 AM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Jae Crowder said it was great for the Suns “to not give up and prevail through adversity.” Said it was probably the first time ever the Suns fed off Cam Johnson’s energy with the way the game turned after his skirmish with Julius Randle – 1:22 AM
Phoenix Suns @Suns
FANS!
Drop your angle of Cam’s game-winning three. 👀⤵️ – 1:20 AM
Phoenix Suns @Suns
TO TIE THE FRANCHISE RECORD WITH 9️⃣ 3-POINTERS. pic.twitter.com/vGkbVKxzQG1:16 AM

Phoenix Suns @Suns
WHAT A NIGHT FOR THE TWINS! pic.twitter.com/OTg106bgXU1:11 AM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
“I’m not surprised he made that shot.” Monty Williams on Cam Johnson’s winner banker 3 at the buzzer. #Suns pic.twitter.com/RiugNxvhJc1:07 AM

Phoenix Suns @Suns
You already know who it is! 🔥
Cam Johnson with tonight’s @FanDuel Stat Line of the Game! pic.twitter.com/wgep12E8CO1:06 AM

Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
Knicks 25-38. Thoughts. @UnderdogFantasy pic.twitter.com/nl6jF3f8mn1:06 AM

Tommy Beer @TommyBeer
Fourth quarter points:
Cam Johnson: 21
Knicks team: 21 – 1:05 AM
Phoenix Suns @Suns
NEXT MAN UP.
Career-high 38 PTS for Cam Johnson.
Career-high 16 ASTS for Cam Payne. pic.twitter.com/foAgyPRw2C1:05 AM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
“We’re going to win this game.” Monty Williams in what he told his team after the Julius Randle-Cam Johnson dust up. #Suns pic.twitter.com/UXM68Jnxs21:05 AM

Steve Popper @StevePopper
Randle got ejected. After that point Cam Johnson scored 24 points — 21 in the fourth quarter. – 1:01 AM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Monty said Cam Payne did a great job pitching it back to Cam Johnson on the game-winner. Said the Suns never lost heart in the huddle and knew they were going to find a way to win, but thanked the home fans for hanging in their with them – 1:01 AM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Monty Williams said he was grateful for that type of win to happen at home because he could sense the crowd sticking with the Suns through the comeback. – 1:00 AM
Phoenix Suns @Suns
WE ALL WIN TONIGHT!
Download the Suns app to claim your 3 free Gorilla Bites and head to an @ATLWingsAZ in the next 24hrs!
📱 https://t.co/T8bUcCzb76 pic.twitter.com/JaTNl4itxa12:59 AM

Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
You gotta wonder how Julius Randle is feeling right now – 12:57 AM
Sopan Deb @SopanDeb
The Knicks were 7-4 at one point this season and their fans shouting Bing Bong every two seconds. The good old days. – 12:57 AM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Julius really got himself ejected for going a little too aggressive on the hold me back against Cameron Johnson, and Cam responded in epic fashion to make sure they’ll never forget this game – 12:56 AM
Tommy Beer @TommyBeer
He took out Cam Reddish for Fournier with the Knicks up 7 lol – 12:55 AM
Phoenix Suns @Suns
🚨 SUNS FREAKING WIN! 🚨 pic.twitter.com/JH5ZUnvWS612:51 AM

Dan Favale @danfavale
tired: hit your damn free throws, knicks
wired: julius randle getting ejected from a game in which the knicks actually need him is a microcosm of his season
INSPIRED: RANDLE IS SO COMMITTED TO THE FUTURE HE VOLUNTEERED HIMSELF AS TRIBUTE FOR THE SAKE OF THE KNICKS’ LOTTERY ODDS – 12:51 AM
Phoenix Suns @Suns
🚨 CAM. CALLED. GAME. 🚨 pic.twitter.com/zRTc7cNBzW12:50 AM

John Schuhmann @johnschuhmann
Oof. That Burks missed FT is brutal. If he makes it, they can foul. – 12:48 AM
StatMuse @statmuse
Cam Johnson without CP or Booker tonight:
38 PTS (career high)
21 in 4Q
11-16 FG
9-12 3P (career high)
Buzzer Beater Game Winner
He’s shooting 44.8% from three this season, 3rd in the NBA. pic.twitter.com/TCV2OxruUI12:48 AM

Fred Katz @FredKatz
Final: Suns 115, Knicks 114.
Cam Johnson banks in a 3 at the buzzer to hand Knicks 17th defeat in 20 games. Knicks fall to 25-38 on the season, 12th in the East.
• Randle 25-7-4 (ejected in 3rd)
• Robinson 17 & 15
• Johnson 38 pts (21 in fourth)
• Payne 17 pts, 16 asts – 12:48 AM
Chris Palmer @ChrisPalmerNBA
Wow!!! Cam Johnson sets the Suns franchise record for threes off the bench with 9. Game winner!!!🔥🌵🔥🌵 – 12:48 AM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Final: PHX 115, NYK 114
Cam Johnson: 38 Pts, 11-16 FG, 9-12 3P
Bridges: 20-6-4, 6-11 FG
Payne: 17 Pts, 16 Ast
Randle: 25-7-4 – 12:48 AM
Dan Favale @danfavale
“are you going to hit your free throws when it matters this time?”
the knicks: pic.twitter.com/MkQPWKw1tT12:48 AM

John Karalis @John_Karalis
L.M.A.O. Knicks – 12:47 AM
Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
What did the Knicks do to deserve this? Lmao like what is that? – 12:47 AM
Fred Katz @FredKatz
The Knicks haven’t won a game in more than three weeks. – 12:47 AM
Fred Katz @FredKatz
Cam Johnson just banked in a 3 at the buzzer, his sixth 3 of the fourth quarter, to defeat the Knicks 115-114. – 12:46 AM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
New York Knacks – 12:46 AM
Dan Favale @danfavale
the 2021-22 phoenix suns: fucking amazing – 12:46 AM
Alan Hahn @alanhahn
That’s the #Knicks season summed up in one game. – 12:46 AM
Tommy Beer @TommyBeer
Every Knicks fan on earth could have told you the Knicks were gonna somehow find a way to lose that game. – 12:46 AM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Cam Johnson 3.
Game winner.
#Suns win. Wow. – 12:46 AM
Sopan Deb @SopanDeb
OMG LMAO KNICKS – 12:46 AM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
What a brutal loss for the Knicks. Man. – 12:46 AM
Chris Herring @Herring_NBA
Holy hell, Suns. – 12:46 AM
James Boyd @RomeovilleKid
YOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!! Lol the Knicks gotta be SICK! 😂😂😂😂😂 – 12:46 AM
Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
Seriously, God really hates the New York Knicks – 12:46 AM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Cam Payne’s layup won’t go and the Knicks get the rebound. Burks put New York up 2 with 7.1 seconds left, but misses the 2nd FT. Suns get the board, find Cam Johnson and he banks in the game-winning 3. What a finish – 12:46 AM
Phoenix Suns @Suns
AT THE BUZZER! UNBELIEVABLE! WOW! – 12:46 AM
Chris Herring @Herring_NBA
Mitchell Robinson with a “Pay me, fam” performance – 12:46 AM
Phoenix Suns @Suns
OMFGGGGGGGGGG LFG
CAM JOHNSON!!!!!!!!!! – 12:45 AM
Dave Early @DavidEarly
Mitchell Robinson earning some $$ tonite – 12:45 AM
Dave Early @DavidEarly
RJ Barrett drew another foul. No call. Works out though as Mitchell Robinson tips it in. wow. – 12:43 AM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Cam Johnson limped back to the bench as Mitchell Robinson gives #Knicks 113-112 lead with 15.6 second left on tip in. #Suns12:43 AM
Fred Katz @FredKatz
Mitchell Robinson with a huge putback with 15.6 seconds remaining after an RJ Barrett floater touches every part of the rim and falls off. Knicks lead 113-112.
Big game from Robinson tonnight. He’s been the Knicks’ best performer. – 12:43 AM
New York Knicks @nyknicks
MITCH IN THE CLUTCH – 12:43 AM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Another Mitchell Robinson offensive rebound (his NINTH tonight) puts the Knicks back on top. Suns ball with 15.6 seconds left, down 1 – 12:43 AM
Chris Herring @Herring_NBA
Suns continue to be the most Spurs-like team in the league. – 12:41 AM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Jae Crowder’s 3 gives the Suns a 1-point lead with 30.2 seconds left. Suns still need a few stops to close out this comeback – 12:41 AM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Look at Cameron Johnson attacking closeout and keeping the ball moving pic.twitter.com/u8SnvjdLz212:41 AM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Crowder is 2-of-7 from 3, but has hit two huge ones in the fourth.
His second gives #Suns 112-111 lead with 30.2 seconds left in game.
Timeout #Knicks. – 12:41 AM
Fred Katz @FredKatz
The Knicks were up 10 when Julius Randle got ejected. They were up 14 in the fourth quarter.
Now, after a Crowder 3 with 30.2 seconds remaining, they trail 112-111. – 12:40 AM
Phoenix Suns @Suns
BOSSMANN TAKES THE LEAD.!! – 12:40 AM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Mitchell Robinson 15 points, 14 boards (7-of-7 FGs).
Has been huge.
Deandre Ayton 8 points (4-of-10 FGs), three rebounds.
Hasn’t been enough.
#Suns down 111-108 with 1:08 left in game. – 12:39 AM
James Boyd @RomeovilleKid
Deandre Ayton has 8 points and 3 rebs in 33 minutes without CP3 or Book in this game. – 12:37 AM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Knicks are challenging that Mitchell Robinson foul on Jae Crowder – 12:37 AM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Cam Johnson 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥. Has career-high 35 with 18 coming in the fourth (Is 8-of-11 from 3 for the game).
#Suns down three with Jae Crowder going to the line with 1:06 left in the game. Timeout #Knicks. – 12:36 AM
Fred Katz @FredKatz
Cam Johnson has 18 points in the fourth quarter with Julius Randle watching from the locker room. – 12:35 AM
Phoenix Suns @Suns
UNREAL.
CAM JOHNSON IS AT A CAREER-HIGH 32 POINTS AND COUNTING! pic.twitter.com/Ji8rXf6cGE12:33 AM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
#Knicks answer with Robinson follow dunk, Quickley 3.
Timeout #Suns with 2:09 left.
Down 109-104. 5-0 burst by #Knicks. – 12:31 AM
Dave Early @DavidEarly
What ever made Thibs put Fournier in for Reddish? – 12:31 AM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Payne trying to do a little too much on those last 2 possessions, and the Knicks hit a 3 in transition on the last one as a result. Suns down 5 with 2:09 to go – 12:31 AM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Just let Cameron Johnson shoot every time 😅 – 12:31 AM
Phoenix Suns @Suns
CAM JOHNSON. – 12:30 AM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Suns were trying to get Johnson the ball on that possession out of the timeout.
Didn’t get a shot. #Suns12:29 AM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Timeout #Suns
Cam Johnson 12 of his 29 in the fourth. 3-of-4 from 3 in the quarter.
#Suns down three, 104-101, with 4:12 left in the game. – 12:28 AM
Tony Mejia @MejiaDinero
Cam Johnson has scored a career-high 29 points and there’s still over 4:00 left in Suns-Knicks. I wonder why there were no props available on Phoenix’s top reserve at any book where you can find that type of action. Hmm..🤔 – 12:28 AM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Knicks’ offense has been a disaster this quarter. Maybe like three good shots. Suns keep getting closer and closer. Still 4:12 left despite it feeling like the last 2-3 minutes for the last 7. – 12:27 AM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
The Phoenix Suns are in crunch-time, by the way. Down 3 with 4:12 to go, and all the Knicks are getting right now is second-chance looks. Owning the boards will be important here – 12:27 AM
New York Knicks @nyknicks
Cam goes all the way with the left 😤 pic.twitter.com/GQGFugOFqE12:26 AM

Phoenix Suns @Suns
BOSSMANN GOES BOOM! FOUR-POINT PLAY! – 12:26 AM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Crowder corner 3.
Fouled by Barrett.
Crowder hits FT. #Suns down three. – 12:25 AM
Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
Cam Johnson raining buckets on RJ Barrett & Cam Reddish just like old times. – 12:25 AM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
The Knicks’ strategy of leaving Cam Johnson open on a career-high night is equally fascinating – 12:24 AM
Alex Kennedy @AlexKennedyNBA
Seems like a great time to share @jackfrank_jjf’s recent article on Mikal Bridges’ leap on offense and why it is vital for the Phoenix Suns: basketballnews.com/stories/mikal-…12:23 AM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Big bucket by Reddish. #Suns down six nearly midway through fourth. – 12:22 AM
Phoenix Suns @Suns
Cam Johnson goin’ crazy right now. pic.twitter.com/jOhsGupLtc12:22 AM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Cam Johnson nine points already in the fourth, hitting two from deep.
career-high 26. #Suns down four. – 12:21 AM
New York Knicks @nyknicks
Cam with a full head of steam 🚂 pic.twitter.com/WioSqIsYnn12:21 AM

Phoenix Suns @Suns
11 3-pointers means we’re getting free burgers!
Tomorrow get a free Western Bacon Cheeseburger® at a Valley @CarlsJr with the purchase of a fountain drink! pic.twitter.com/uzOqARdjjH12:21 AM

Phoenix Suns @Suns
CAM PAYNE IS IN ATTACK MODE! pic.twitter.com/dEqCQGEncU12:20 AM

Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
knicks up 12 going to the 4th and not a soul in the world thought they’d win. – 12:18 AM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Cam Johnson has a new career high with 26 points on 7-11 FG (5-7 3P) and there’s still 7:44 to go. Suns back within 4 – 12:18 AM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Cam Johnson 3. #Suns cut lead to four.
Johnson with a career-high 26 points. 5-of-7 from 3.
Timeout #Knicks. 7:44 left in game. – 12:18 AM
Fred Katz @FredKatz
The Knicks can’t get to the middle of the floor in a meaningful way at all. Best way to make it happen when it’s not working in the half court: push the ball. But this lineup is moving quite slowly. – 12:18 AM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Cam Payne has a career-high 11 assists and just his 3rd double-double since joining the Suns – 12:13 AM
Phoenix Suns @Suns
That’s a CAREER-HIGH 11 assists. 📊 pic.twitter.com/xr9UPUAWTf12:12 AM

Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
It was always going to be interesting to see who would step up the most without Paul/Booker and the undeniable answer right now is Cam Johnson – 12:11 AM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
#Knicks 93 #Suns 81 end of 3rd.
Will play entire fourth without Julius Randle, who was ejected after receiving two technical fouls for his altercation with Cam Johnson.
Randle finished with 25 points in 28 minutes. – 12:08 AM
New York Knicks @nyknicks
TWO HAND JAM from @RjBarrett6 💪🏾🍇 pic.twitter.com/K9AofmVgFg12:07 AM

Fred Katz @FredKatz
Through three quarters, the Knicks lead the Suns 93-81.
• Randle 25-7-4 (ejected)
• Fournier 16 pts
• Burks 15-7-5
• Robinson 10 & 10, 4 stls, 2 blks
• Bridges 20-4-4
Knicks win the third quarter 38-23. – 12:05 AM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Suns with 4 assists and 5 turnovers in the third quarter after going 15/2 in the first half. That’ll get ya. – 12:05 AM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
End of 3Q: NYK 93, PHX 81
Bridges: 20-4-4, 6-10 FG
Payne: 11 Pts, 9 Ast
Cam Johnson: 17 Pts, 3-5 3P
Randle: 25-7-4, 9-18 FG
Knicks outscore Suns 38-23 in 3Q – 12:05 AM
Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
Julius Randle having his best game since the all-star break and gets himself ejected right when he’s needed the most. Could not have chef kissed his season any better. – 12:02 AM
Dan Favale @danfavale
“that’s a fake guy who wants to act like he wants to fight”
-eddie johnson on julius randle pic.twitter.com/0KmStPWvNy12:00 AM

Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Randle had 25 points and is the Knicks’ main source of offense. Not the best decision he’s ever made. Suns right back in this game after the Knicks were pulling away. – 12:00 AM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Welp
Julius Randle ejected in Phoenix, and we’ll see if he plays Sunday in LA since ref contact was involved. – 12:00 AM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Basically half the Suns arena waved goodbye to Julius Randle as he walked off the court for his ejection – 11:59 PM
J. Michael Falgoust @ThisIsJMichael
What. Is. Julius. Randle. Doing? – 11:59 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Julius Randle double tech. Ejected.
Cam Johnson one tech. Stays in game. #Suns down 10 with 2:40 left in 3rd. – 11:59 PM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Double technical fouls on Johnson and Randle.
Second technical on Julius Randle. He has been ejected. – 11:59 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Julius Randle and Cam Johnson are hit with double techs. Randle gets a second tech, so he’s ejected – 11:59 PM
Fred Katz @FredKatz
Julius Randle has been ejected. – 11:59 PM
Fred Katz @FredKatz
Who’s got video of the Randle/Johnson exchange? They’re not showing it in the arena. – 11:58 PM
Marc Berman @NYPost_Berman
Julius Randle got into that supercharged mode the past few minutes – the same mode he was in when he did “thumbs-down.” And now this, shoving Cam Johnson as they had words. Knicks are up 86-76 with all momentum before this incident. – 11:58 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Knicks-Suns plugging the hell out of my guy @Chris Herring book!!! pic.twitter.com/ilZRlOahu111:57 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Uh oh.
Julius Randle went at Cam Johnson, got a shove in there right in front of the #Suns bench.
Bismack Biyombo reacted right away and had to be held back by security.
#Suns down 10 with 2:40 left in 3rd. – 11:56 PM
Fred Katz @FredKatz
Julius Randle and Cam Johnson just got into each other’s faces. Randle then shoved Johnson hard. Certainly gonna be at the very least techs. – 11:55 PM
Steve Popper @StevePopper
And Randle just went ballistic on Cam Johnson and this will be reviewed and there will be some technicals. – 11:55 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Julius Randle just slapped at Cam Johnson’s chest and both teams had to step in. Didn’t look like Cam was doing much to warrant that, but we’ll need a replay – 11:55 PM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
We’ve got a Randle and Johnson kerfuffle. A shove from Randle and the two are separated. – 11:55 PM
Steve Popper @StevePopper
Knicks on a nice third-quarter run, have built the lead up to as many as nine, so it’s probably safe for everyone on the East Coast to head to bed. – 11:54 PM
Fred Katz @FredKatz
Best third-quarter performance from the Knicks since … I’m not sure, but it’s been a minute. – 11:53 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
That’s one of the reasons Ayton doesn’t go relentlessly hard on the offensive glass.
He’s picked up his share of offensive fouls doing that. Has eight on 4-of-10 shooting.
#Suns down six 3:40 left in 3rd. – 11:52 PM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Monty going with Biyombo over McGee in the second half – 11:51 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Monty going with Bismack Biyombo over JaVale McGee for this next stint behind Ayton – 11:50 PM
Stefan Bondy @SBondyNYDN
Realize Suns are missing Chris Paul and Devin Booker but the Knicks are playing great – 11:50 PM
New York Knicks @nyknicks
AB with the 💥 FOUR-POINT PLAY 💥 pic.twitter.com/svmwLwIfP611:50 PM

Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
chaotic first 5 mins of the 3rd quarter. Three runs, with the latest a 10-2 Knicks spurt. – 11:46 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Monty Williams has seen enough.
Timeout #Suns with 6;46 left in 3rd.
#Knicks on 10-3 run. Take 75-69 lead after being down 66-65.
Winning 50/50 balls. – 11:46 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Mitchell Robinson is up to 10 points and 10 rebounds, and his activity has been noticeable on both ends. Suns down 6 – 11:45 PM
Ryan McDonough @McDNBA
Mikal Bridges will be in Utah next February…to play in the 2023 All Star game – 11:43 PM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Former high school quarterback Jae Crowder with the lead bounce pass in transition – 11:41 PM
Dan Favale @danfavale
mikal bridges just eurostepped into a different dimension 🤯 pic.twitter.com/oAuJBm2jcp11:41 PM

Fred Katz @FredKatz
Mikal Bridges is a preposterous fourth option. – 11:39 PM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Seems like what the Suns are doing is far more sustainable and that a big run should be coming eventually. Knicks getting by on tough shots and FTs. – 11:38 PM
New York Knicks @nyknicks
Picking up where he left off 🔥 pic.twitter.com/UZ5BxEEjID11:38 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Bridges Euro stepping to the rim in transition. Has 19. #Suns up one. Timeout #Knicks.
Phoenix on 6-0 burst. 9:11 left in 3rd. – 11:38 PM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Bridges with the euro on Fournier. Nice. – 11:37 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Mikal Bridges just Euro-stepped around a Frenchman. That’s kinda rude tbh – 11:37 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Payne on the attack. Scores in the paint. Has nine. #Suns down one. – 11:37 PM
Tony Mejia @MejiaDinero
Friday’s @WagerTalk #NBA Tip-Off Show needs a #NewYorkForever win for a perfect run since @SteveMerril had to get cute and sprinkle vs. the Suns. In #Knicks we trust?!? @JoeRaineri @BumpSports pic.twitter.com/BF2Nwchrlp11:37 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
#Knicks open 2nd half on 10-2 run. Take 65-60 lead. #Suns11:35 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Jae Crowder was not happy about what he thought was a foul on his floater. Then got a tech for arguing a cheap call on the other end. This had been brewing for awhile now – 11:34 PM
Phoenix Suns @Suns
📊 Stat watch at half 📊
@Mikal Bridges: 17 PTS
@Cameron Payne: 8 AST pic.twitter.com/3JbbkIM3bq11:26 PM

Phoenix Suns @Suns
Quick break then back to it. pic.twitter.com/KvMjY28g1b11:24 PM

Phoenix Suns @Suns
Make the extra pass and find the open DA. pic.twitter.com/1KI1HSjtP411:23 PM

Dan Favale @danfavale
this was a neat little sequence from the suns pic.twitter.com/6OOeIhA2Es11:22 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
#Suns 58 #Knicks 55 H
PHX: Bridges 17, Johnson 9. Team: 42.6% FG (9-of-21 on 3s)
NY: Randle 20, Barrett 10. Team: 43.9% FG (4-of-14 on 3s)
Paint points: PHX 20 NY 20.
Bench points: PHX 19 NY 8
9 ties. 13 lead changes.
#Suns w/o Devin Booker (protocols), Chris Paul (thumb) – 11:21 PM
New York Knicks @nyknicks
Mitch with the find ➡️ Alec with the finish. pic.twitter.com/LLtygXQJgx11:19 PM

Fred Katz @FredKatz
Halftime. Suns lead the Knicks 58-55.
• Randle 20 & 5
• Barrett 10 & 4
• Robinson 6 & 8
• Bridges 17-3-4
• Payne 5 pts, 8 asts – 11:18 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Halftime: PHX 58, NYK 55
Bridges: 17 Pts, 4 Ast, 5-9 FG
Holiday: 8-2-2
Payne: 5 Pts, 8 Ast
Randle 20 Pts, 5 Reb, 7-14 FG – 11:17 PM
Phoenix Suns @Suns
MIKAL BRIDGES IS UNLEASHED. 😤 pic.twitter.com/jHpCNnZzOk11:17 PM

Marc Berman @NYPost_Berman
Knicks hanging with depleted Suns and trail 58-55 at halftime. Mikal Bridges has 17 points and I’m not going to bring up the current Atlanta Hawks forward. – 11:17 PM
New York Knicks @nyknicks
That’s a 20 PIECE for Julius ♨️ pic.twitter.com/itp1oVLc2v11:17 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Mikal Bridges with the no-look to Ayton, who finished with the reverse dunk.
#Suns up 58-53 with 19.8 seconds left in 1st half. – 11:16 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
The Suns’ ball movement >>> – 11:16 PM
Stefan Bondy @SBondyNYDN
If the Knicks don’t get a big first-half lead they can’t blow it. pic.twitter.com/I0GdeWRF0s11:14 PM
Gordon Gross @GMoneyNuggs
Denver tried to operate with a highly-paid backup center (Plumlee), then no center, then threw some picks at decent cheap backups that didn’t get used (JaVale and Hartenstein). Boogie is the cheap backup who was an all-star and might be later, and it is working out BEAUTIFULLY. – 11:13 PM
John Gonzalez @JohnGonzalez
I think a lot about the Sixers trading Mikal Bridges – 11:13 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Landry Shamet with a huge deflection of what should’ve been an easy lob finish for Mitchell Robinson, but Barrett’s pass was too low.
#Suns turn it into transition bucket as Bridges with the one-handed dunk.
4-point swing. #Suns up 52-46. Timeout #Knicks with 2:30 left in half. – 11:12 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
….
*whispers, so as not to disturb him*

Career 39% 3-point sniper Landry Shamet, is that you? – 11:09 PM
Steve Popper @StevePopper
The Suns defensively look like they know the Knicks offense better than the Knicks do. – 11:03 PM
New York Knicks @nyknicks
9️⃣ with that vision for 2️⃣3️⃣ pic.twitter.com/ppKNeQLoMO11:02 PM

Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Knicks are selling out on dribble penetration and Payne has those passes down. Suns already up to 7-of-17 from 3. If New York sticks with it that would be a choice. – 11:01 PM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
After both bumps from Randle on Johnson, CP3 has been speaking with an official to try and get some clarification. – 11:00 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Julius Randle once again lowers his shoulder into Cam Johnson’s chest/stomach with no call. Cam wasn’t happy about that one – 10:59 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
The Cam Johnson-Deandre Ayton pick-and-roll fascinates me. They’ve quietly had some nice chemistry the couple of times they’ve run it lately, and it’s the type of thing to build on during this stretch without CP3 and Book – 10:57 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Current #Suns lineup:
Payne, Shamet, Bridges, Johnson, Ayton. Down one with 8:33 left in 1st half. – 10:54 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Knicks are up to free-throw attempts 15 and 16 for the night. Suns have…1. – 10:54 PM
Phoenix Suns @Suns
Aaron to the rack plus the foul! pic.twitter.com/n7IEwlGGaH10:54 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Torrey Craig was talking to the bench after Barrett’s 3.
#Suns up 33-32 as Payne answers with a two. – 10:53 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
#Knicks up two as Barrett to the rim. #Suns10:50 PM
Phoenix Suns @Suns
Cam Johnson is back in the game. – 10:50 PM
Fred Katz @FredKatz
Through one quarter, the Suns lead the Knicks 26-24.
• Randle 14 & 5
• Barrett 3 pts, 0-5 FGs
• Bridges 11 & 2
• Holiday 6 & 2 – 10:45 PM
New York Knicks @nyknicks
BLOCK PARTY ft. Jericho Sims 🚫🚫🚫 pic.twitter.com/I75KH5paVR10:45 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
#Suns 26, #Knicks 24 End of 1st. – 10:44 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
End of 1Q: PHX 26, NYK 24
Bridges: 11 Pts, 4-7 FG
Holiday: 6 Pts, 2 Reb
Payne: 2 Pts, 5 Ast
Randle: 14 Pts, 5 Reb – 10:44 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Have Shamet initiating offense on that last possession with Holiday off the ball.
Next possession, Holiday gets to the rim, scores and is fouled by McBridge.
Hits FT. #Suns up 26-22 with 5.4 seconds left in 1st. – 10:44 PM
Fred Katz @FredKatz
This lineup is like the Knicks offered a promotion where Knicks Twitter and Knicks Reddit combine to make one in-game decision:
Miles McBride
Immanuel Quickley
RJ Barrett
Cam Reddish
Jericho Sims – 10:44 PM
New York Knicks @nyknicks
Ju wasted ZERO time getting to work 💪🏾 pic.twitter.com/RLHWNoC6QU10:43 PM

Fred Katz @FredKatz
Miles McBride is in the game in the first quarter. Knicks Twitter elates. – 10:42 PM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Cam Johnson takes a tough forearm/elbow in his lower chest from Julius Randle. He stayed on that end of the floor, checked out and just went to the locker room. – 10:34 PM
Steve Popper @StevePopper
Cam Johnson took a hit from Julius Randle in the chest and is headed to the locker room. – 10:34 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Cam Johnson took some time getting up after getting barreled into by Julius Randle. Looks like he was holding his stomach. He gets subbed out – 10:34 PM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Mikal Bridges with 11 points in the first 7 minutes of the game. Thriving fresh off that first appearance as a @OldManAndThree correspondent. – 10:31 PM
Phoenix Suns @Suns
Two early threes for The Warden. 👌👌 pic.twitter.com/1mphHSTU1Q10:29 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Bridges on fire from corner 3.
3-of-3 from deep. 11 points. #Suns up 15-10. #Knicks10:28 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Mikal Bridges has 11 of the Suns’ first 15 points, including 3 triples. Let that man shoot – 10:28 PM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Loved that last look for an Ayton jumper at the foul line coming around the elbow. He likes that middy fading a bit on the move. An in-rhythm shot for him. – 10:26 PM
Stefan Bondy @SBondyNYDN
Julius Randle trying for a big game tonight – 10:24 PM
New York Knicks @nyknicks
Julius finishing through the contact. pic.twitter.com/mGOsXlkTkn10:22 PM

Steve Popper @StevePopper
Mitchell Robinson just took a shot that we don’t want to discuss. – 10:20 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Randle over Shamet. 6-5 #Knicks lead #Suns10:19 PM
Phoenix Suns @Suns
15 with the first one tonight. pic.twitter.com/nwGe9uIUGv10:19 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Ayton misses the drive, but put it on the floor. Maybe could’ve finished that over top.
#Suns down 4-2 as Robinson pulls board away from Ayton and scores inside.
Payne answers. – 10:18 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Deandre Ayton was briefly possessed by the spirit of George Gervin there. That was interesting – 10:18 PM
Phoenix Suns @Suns
Game time.
📺 @BALLYSPORTSAZ pic.twitter.com/86N2KmpGZE10:18 PM

New York Knicks @nyknicks
This album would go extremely hard 🔥 pic.twitter.com/7SogL6Q5F010:17 PM

StatMuse @statmuse
The Pelicans have won 4 straight vs the Suns, Jazz, Lakers and Kings.
They are 0.5 games back from the Lakers at 9th. pic.twitter.com/0xk2fxUcOH10:11 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
A win tonight over #Knicks would give #Suns 51 wins to match the number of victories they had last season in 72 games (51-21 second-best in the NBA last season).
They’ve played 62 games so far this season. Have 50-12 record, best in the league this season. pic.twitter.com/tLiR6JFYyq9:53 PM

Jim Eichenhofer @Jim_Eichenhofer
This has been another impressive night for the combo of Ingram and McCollum. They combined for 60 pts in game at Phx and have 53 tonight through three quarters vs. Jazz. May not see them again tonight with all subs on floor to begin 4Q with 32-point lead – 9:50 PM
Ben Anderson @BensHoops
Well, the good news is the Jazz wouldn’t see the Pelicans again unless they found a way to the 8th seed via the play in game, then beat the Suns in the first round.
Jazz might rather seen the Suns, tbh. – 9:36 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Phoenix #Suns All-Star Devin Booker out second straight game in NBA’s COVID-19 protocols https://t.co/V6OihL3r0u via @azcentral pic.twitter.com/VBupSLgbve9:33 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
#Suns starting Cameron Payne and Landry Shamet second straight game in backcourt as Chris Paul (thumb) and Devin Booker (protocols) are out. pic.twitter.com/f2ug85sgvq9:32 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Jae Crowder’s defensive prowess inspires #Suns‘ younger players via @iam_DanaScott (w/video) azcentral.com/story/sports/n… via @azcentral9:22 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Deandre Ayton from halfcourt. #Suns. pic.twitter.com/a9MEeglB7G9:20 PM

Stefan Bondy @SBondyNYDN
The Knicks say Obi Toppin is out for tonight’s game due to a strained hamstring. – 9:20 PM
Phoenix Suns @Suns
𝐂𝐚𝐦’𝐬 𝐒𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐝 is open for business! 🍋🥤
Be sure to stop by Cam’s Stand in the pavilion for some refreshing lemonade with shirts available in the team shop! pic.twitter.com/nlsKmuOBUN9:19 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Deandre Ayton from the corner with @MarkJonesESPN walking down the sideline.
Jae Crowder later from the wing. @Phoenix Suns pic.twitter.com/jqHbr6n88f9:18 PM

Steve Popper @StevePopper
Knicks say Obi Toppin is out tonight. – 9:06 PM
Fred Katz @FredKatz
Obi Toppin is OUT tonight in Phoenix with a strained hamstring, Knicks say. – 9:04 PM
Ian Begley @IanBegley
Knicks say Obi Toppin is out tonight due to hamstring ailment. – 9:03 PM
New York Knicks PR @NY_KnicksPR
Obi Toppin (strained left hamstring) is out for tonight’s game at Phoenix. – 9:02 PM
Phoenix Suns @Suns
Tonight’s @BannerHealth Health update: pic.twitter.com/4ZFJOd6OZ69:00 PM
Phoenix Suns @Suns
Here come the Fellas.
@PlayAtGila | #YouDoYou pic.twitter.com/6w6XIORcEb8:56 PM

Steve Popper @StevePopper
Happy to report Knicks starting lineup remains intact tonight –
Burks, Fournier, Barrett, Randle and Robinson. Obi is a game-time decision. – 8:55 PM
Steve Popper @StevePopper
RJ Barrett has moved from the Coach K fraternity to the NBA fraternity — and is impressing all newsday.com/sports/basketb… via @Newsday8:52 PM
Ryan McDonough @McDNBA
The Lakers likely path to the Playoffs
1) if the 10th seed, LAL must win a Play-In game in New Orleans
2) if they win, they then must win another Play-In game at Minnesota/Clippers
Their reward if they win both elimination games on the road?
The 8th seed vs the top-seeded Suns – 8:38 PM
Stefan Bondy @SBondyNYDN
Same starting lineup for the Knicks, according to Thibodeau:
Alec Burks
Evan Fournier
RJ Barrett
Julius Randle
Mitchell Robinson
* Obi Toppin is a gametime decision – 8:33 PM
Fred Katz @FredKatz
Knicks starters:
Alec Burks
Evan Fournier
RJ Barrett
Julius Randle
Mitchell Robinson – 8:32 PM
Fred Katz @FredKatz
Obi Toppin is a game time decision tonight in Phoenix, Tom Thibodeau says. – 8:31 PM
Stefan Bondy @SBondyNYDN
Knicks pursuit of Jalen Brunson could benefit from the Mavericks’ crowded (and expensive) backcourt nydailynews.com/sports/basketb…8:26 PM
Bill Herenda @billherenda
#Suns 50-12, 38-0 when leading after Q3, 12-11 when trailing entering Q4, 25-7 vs .500+, 25-4 in clutch games host #Knicks tonight #NewYorkForever #NBA #ValleyProud pic.twitter.com/wNY3IfVuyQ8:12 PM

Steve Popper @StevePopper
Derrick Rose is with Knicks but is at least a week  away from greater activity newsday.com/sports/basketb… via @Newsday7:56 PM
Phoenix Suns @Suns
Win BIG each game. Win BIGGER each month!
Download the Suns app and play @efirstbank Bingo every game!
📱: https://t.co/SUbtJJFaQp pic.twitter.com/t7QdjX9l4S7:00 PM

Jeff Eisenband @JeffEisenband
PGA TOUR Staffer: “You’re from New York, right?”
Me: “Yup, born and raised!”
Them: “Do you go back much?”
(I have apparently spent a lot of time at @PGATOURLIVE HQ in Florida as of late) – 6:46 PM
Jason Dumas @JDumasReports
I was told Tobia Harrisbhas had a head cold for a few days now. Including the Knicks game. But will play tonight. If it hasn’t been announced already. – 6:33 PM
Marc Berman @NYPost_Berman
RJ Barrett believes his All-Star dreams could come true as soon as next season with a caveat #NBA #Knicks @BlueDevils247 nypost.com/2022/03/04/kni…6:23 PM
Phoenix Suns @Suns
The Twins + 🇲🇽 Snacks = pure comedy 😂
Join us as we celebrate Chicano Night presented by @DosEquis at tonight’s game!
🎟: https://t.co/5M575VRnot pic.twitter.com/Xs2C0noSvq6:20 PM

Adi Joseph @AdiJoseph
There’s a 320-pound offensive lineman in the NFL Draft named Chris Paul, and I can’t even imagine the stuff he does in a post-whistle scrum. – 6:12 PM
Marc Berman @NYPost_Berman
Thibodeau was highly complimentary about rookie fan favorite Miles McBride, even 75-second stint to mop up in Philly. Said he liked his defense. Left open possibility of playing him some tonight. “Just keep doing what he’s doing. His time will come.” – 6:06 PM
Stefan Bondy @SBondyNYDN
Knicks pursuit of Jalen Brunson could benefit from Spencer Dinwiddie’s emergence nydailynews.com/sports/basketb…5:08 PM
Ralph Lawler @Ohmeomy
Shazam! The Phoenix Suns are celebrating broadcaster Al McCoy’s 50 years with the team this week. He is simply the greatest NBA Team broadcaster in the History of the game. Al will be 89 in April and he has not missed a beat! pic.twitter.com/5yTRT1R9OV4:52 PM

Tommy Beer @TommyBeer
On January 16th, the Celtics were behind the Knicks and the Nets (who had the second best record in the conference) in the standings.
Today, six weeks later, the Celtics are 12 games ahead of the Knicks and 6 games ahead of the Nets pic.twitter.com/xBpFk85Vx24:51 PM

Tommy Beer @TommyBeer
Knicks are listing Obi Toppin as questionable for tonight’s game due to a strained left hamstring.
Not the way Obi, who turns 24 years old today, wanted to celebrate his birthday – 4:27 PM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Jae Crowder is not just a 3-and-D player. He’s still expanding his game as he approaches a decade in the NBA.
On his floater, the origin story of the floaties celebration Monty Williams will even bust out (!) and how good veterans keep getting better: arizonasports.com/story/3050100/…4:26 PM
Gary Tanguay @Gary_Tanguay
The audio book for TheArmAndTheFall.com will be out very soon! I had a blast reading it! “It’s laugh out loud funny with Tanguay creating characters based on the people he knows so much about like TV folk, overpaid and pampered athletes, egotistical owners” – WBZ Radio. – 4:17 PM
Marc Berman @NYPost_Berman
Obi Toppin questionable tonight with strained hamstring. – 4:16 PM
Steve Popper @StevePopper
Obi Toppin has a strained left hamstring is questionable for tonight’s game in Phoenix. – 4:15 PM
Fred Katz @FredKatz
Obi Toppin has a strained left hamstring and is questionable for tonight in Phoenix, Knicks say. – 4:14 PM
Matt Dery @DerySpeaks
Heading to Milwaukee tomorrow to fill-in on @Phoenix Suns radio for @JonBloom on Sunday vs the Bucks. Pumped to get this opportunity and appreciate Jon, @DanSiekmann, and @Phoenix SunsTK for welcoming me in! Tune in at 3:30 Sunday. – 4:12 PM
The Vertical @YahooSportsNBA
NBA investigators set to interview Suns owner Robert Sarver over workplace misconduct allegations.
➡️ https://t.co/C8EvNKsEmq pic.twitter.com/xlMIHJMnfu4:00 PM

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