Knicks made the Suns not look like the worst team in basketball

No wonder owner James Dolan didn’t rule out selling the Knicks one day.

The Knicks embarrassed themselves and Garden stockholders by getting crushed by the NBA’s worst team, the Suns, 128-110.

A 41-17 third quarter was the Knicks’ undoing as the Suns took a 17-point lead into the final session at a silent Garden. When the Suns built the lead to 21 points early in the fourth quarter, a smattering of boos came down. Dolan, the subject of a lengthy ESPN.com article published Monday, was not in attendance.

At the final buzzer, the Knicks got booed off their court.

Coming off a three-game road trip, the Knicks were back home against the rebuilding Suns, but they ran out of steam after a decent opening half in which they led 66-59. The Suns (7-24) have finally found some footing and won their third straight while the Knicks (9-23) have dropped seven of their last eight.

Look at the bright side, if the Knicks continue to be this awful, they should get a top-three lottery seed in the first season in which the percentages will be split evenly among the league’s worst three teams.

The Knicks played without their top scorer, Tim Hardaway Jr., who was said to have a sore heel. Hardaway, though, has slumped and may have needed the night off on the second leg of a back-to-back. Courtney Lee, in his seventh game back from a neck injury, started at shooting guard.

Over the weekend, the Suns traded Trevor Ariza to Washington for Austin Rivers and Kelly Oubre, but the former Wizards have yet to make their debuts as the trade was just made official Monday.

Suns guard Devin Booker struck for 38 points (14-of-15 on free throws). Booker, a product of the 2015 draft, is Phoenix’s superstar as the Knicks keep waiting for their 2015 lottery pick, Kristaps Porzingis, to return.

Rookie center DeAndre Ayton, making his NBA Garden debut, added 21 points and 13 rebounds, looking much like the No. 1 pick in the draft. T.J. Warren was even more terrific with 26 points on 11-of-18 shooting, including four 3-pointers.

Warren keyed a 21-4 run the Suns used to close the third quarter. He made a quick pass to Josh Jackson for a dunk, then buried one of his four 3’s for a 84-79 lead. The Suns got up 86-81 with 3:30 left in the third, causing David Fizdale to call a timeout. And then it got much worse.

After Jackson’s 3, the Suns got up 93-83 with 1:50 left and the Knicks, Trey Burke and Frank Ntilikina in particular, kept on missing. The Suns’ carnage ended with a jumper by ex-Knick Jamal Crawford with 25 seconds left in the third.

Ntilikina (3-of-11) and Burke (2-of-8) combined to shoot 5-of-20, failing to make up for Hardaway’s absence.

The Suns, who had won two straight, secured an early six-point lead, but the Knicks gained control late in the first period and carried a 66-59 lead at halftime. Emmanuel Mudiay’s confidence continues to grow and he spearheaded the attack with 18 points and four assists by halftime, pushing the pace at all costs.

Mudiay finished with 32 points and six assists on 12-of-21 shooting.

Facing fellow rookie Mikal Bridges for the first time, Kevin Knox played well in the first quarter and finished with 13 of his 17 points but shot just 6-of-16.

Though his shot didn’t always fall, he charged in for the offensive rebounds on three misses. Knox drilled a pair of 3’s and shot 4-of-10 in that opening quarter. Bridges barely touched the ball and when he did, his only shot of the quarter — a corner 3 — banged off the side of the backboard.

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