NEW YORK (AP) — Another win for the New York Knicks, in another game they might've lost last month.
Carmelo Anthony had 29 points and 16 rebounds, and the Knicks held the Phoenix Suns without a field goal in overtime to win 98-96 on Monday night for their fifth straight victory.
Anthony scored four of the Knicks' six points in the extra session, and New York allowed only four free throws while forcing the Suns to miss all seven shots. The Knicks pulled it out after their 14-point lead turned into a five-point deficit late in regulation.
"I think now as a team, I think mentally we're a different type of team," Anthony said. "I think now we're starting to believe that when we do get down, we still have a chance to win the basketball game."
Raymond Felton added 19 points for the Knicks (15-22), who climbed into a tie with Brooklyn for eighth place in the Eastern Conference.
Goran Dragic had 28 points and eight rebounds for the Suns, who dropped their third straight. Leandro Barbosa scored 21 in his best game since rejoining his old team on a 10-day contract.
But the Suns endured dreadful games from starters Gerald Green (2 of 16) and Channing Frye (3 of 12), ending their road trip with a 1-4 record.
"For the fifth game in seven nights against a team that's playing well, I thought they gave a heck of an effort," Phoenix coach Jeff Hornacek said. "We didn't make shots. Don't know if it's because it's the end of the trip."
Playing their fourth straight game without Tyson Chandler because of bronchitis, the Knicks beat a Western Conference team at home for the first time in seven chances and improved to 7-12 overall at Madison Square Garden.
Despite their miserable start to the season, they can continue climbing the rest of January, as they open an eight-game homestand on Friday.
"The game is not over until the clock hits zero," Knicks forward Kenyon Martin said. "We lost some close games early on, so (we're) just learning from the mistakes that we made early, just trying to build on what we've been doing."
The Suns ran off nine straight points midway through the fourth quarter to open an 88-83 lead on Barbosa's jumper with 4:50 remaining. The Knicks recovered to regain the lead on Felton's 3-pointer from the corner with 53 seconds to play, and after Gerald Green and Anthony traded misses, the Suns had one final chance.
Though Martin appeared to have his hand on some of the ball, a foul was called and Barbosa sank both free throws with 1.2 seconds left. J.R. Smith, who beat the Suns on a jumper at the buzzer last season, was long on a chance to do it again.