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Brooklyn Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson drives to the basket against Phoenix Suns forward Dragan Bender in the first quarter at Talking Stick Resort Arena. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson drives to the basket against Phoenix Suns forward Dragan Bender in the first quarter at Talking Stick Resort Arena. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson left Monday's game against the Phoenix Suns with a hip contusion after he collided with Alex Len.

After getting tangled up, Hollis-Jefferson needed assistance walking off the floor and limped to the locker room.

Hollis-Jefferson scored four points and recorded two rebounds before exiting the game.

The 22-year-old has averaged 15.7 points and 5.2 rebounds in nine games in his third season in the league entering Monday's game.

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Phoenix Suns forward TJ Warren shoots against Brooklyn Nets center Tyler Zeller during the second half at Barclays Center. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)
Phoenix Suns forward TJ Warren shoots against Brooklyn Nets center Tyler Zeller during the second half at Barclays Center. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)

Seven days and 2,410 (give or take) miles later, the Phoenix Suns and Brooklyn Nets will finish their whirlwind season series Monday.

The Suns won the first matchup in New York last Tuesday, recovering from an eight-point deficit with under seven minutes remaining for their first road victory of the season.

Now the Nets will try to get back on the winning track after losing four in a row. >> Read more

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New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina goes to the basket against Brooklyn Nets forward Trevor Booker during the second half at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina goes to the basket against Brooklyn Nets forward Trevor Booker during the second half at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

Despite the fact that the Knicks have reached out to the Suns about point guard Eric Bledsoe, the team is not actively shopping rookie guard Frank Ntilikina or second-year center Willy Hernangomez, according to Newsday's Al Iannazzone.

Ntilikina, the 19-year-old whom the Knicks drafted eighth overall in June, has only played eight minutes in one game through New York's first two games of the season and is unlikely to play Tuesday against the Celtics due to a sprained ankle.

Hernangomez, 23, averaged 8.2 points and seven rebounds in 72 games last season, however is "frustrated," according to teammate Kristaps Porzingis, over the fact that he was limited to four minutes in last Thursday's season-opener and a healthy scratch in Saturday's loss to the Pistons.

The Knicks' likeliness to move either player could change depending on what other teams make available on the trade market, according to Iannazzone.

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Phoenix Suns head coach Earl Watson speaks to guard Eric Bledsoe (2) during the third quarter against the Sacramento Kings at Golden 1 Center. The Phoenix Suns defeated the Sacramento Kings 105-103. (Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports)
Phoenix Suns head coach Earl Watson speaks to guard Eric Bledsoe (2) during the third quarter against the Sacramento Kings at Golden 1 Center. The Phoenix Suns defeated the Sacramento Kings 105-103. (Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports)

With the Knicks looking to add a guard to mentor rookie Frank Ntilikina, the team has reached out to the Suns about Eric Bledsoeaccording to Marc Berman of the New York Post

Bledsoe, 27, has two years and $29 million left on his contract with Phoenix.

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Dec 9, 2016; Sacramento, CA, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) looks to pass against the Sacramento Kings during the second quarter at Golden 1 Center. (Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports)
Dec 9, 2016; Sacramento, CA, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) looks to pass against the Sacramento Kings during the second quarter at Golden 1 Center. (Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports)

The Knicks look to get back in the win column in a matchup with the Suns at 7:30 p.m. 

According to STATS: 

  • The Suns defeated the Knicks 113-111 in overtime in Phoenix on December 13. The teams have split their last six meetings in New York.
  • Phoenix is allowing 111.8 points per game this season, which is 4.3 PPG more than they gave up in 2015-16 (107.5). The last time the Suns finished a season allowing more than 111.8 PPG was back in 1987-88 (113.0).
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Phoenix Suns small forward P.J. Tucker shoots the ball as San Antonio Spurs shooting guard Danny Green and Pau Gasol defends during the first half at AT&T Center. (Soobum Im/USA Today Sports Images)
Phoenix Suns small forward P.J. Tucker shoots the ball as San Antonio Spurs shooting guard Danny Green and Pau Gasol defends during the first half at AT&T Center. (Soobum Im/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Knicks are looking into trading for Phoenix Suns forward P.J. Tucker, according to ESPN's Ian Begley.

Nothing is imminent, however there are some people within New York's front office that called Tucker a possible trade target, according to Begley.

Tucker, 31, is averaging 6.3 points and 5.4 rebounds per game in 36 games with Phoenix this season, but Begley notes Tucker's defensive RPM (22nd among 80 qualified small forwards) as a reason why the Knicks would have interest.

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New York Knicks guard Courtney Lee (5) reacts after scoring a three point basket against the Los Angeles Lakers during the second half at Staples Center. (Gary A. Vasquez)
New York Knicks guard Courtney Lee (5) reacts after scoring a three point basket against the Los Angeles Lakers during the second half at Staples Center. (Gary A. Vasquez)

The Knicks (14-10) head to Phoenix to take on the Suns (7-17) Tuesday night.

According to STATS:

  • New York won both of its games against Phoenix in 2015-16, outscoring the Suns by 49 combined points over the two games. The Knicks have won three of their last five road games against the Suns.
  • The Knicks own a four-game winning streak on the road and have won six of their last seven overall after a 118-112 win on the road against the Lakers Sunday. The road winning streak is the longest active in the NBA.
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New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) reacts during the 118-112 victory against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center. (Gary A. Vasquez)
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) reacts during the 118-112 victory against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center. (Gary A. Vasquez)

The New York Knicks seek a third consecutive win on their five-game Western Conference swing when they visit the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night.

The Knicks are coming off wins Friday against the Sacramento Kings and Sunday against the Los Angeles Lakers, giving them four straight wins on the road.

New York (14-10) has gone 11-4 after a 3-6 start, and is now four games over .500 for the first time since the end of the 2012-13 season, which is the last time the Knicks made the playoffs.

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Nov 8, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) reacts after scoring against the Minnesota Timberwolves during the second quarter at Barclays Center. Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 8, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) reacts after scoring against the Minnesota Timberwolves during the second quarter at Barclays Center. Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Nets (3-5) take on the Suns in Phoenix (3-6) on Saturday night at 9 p.m. 

According to STATS...

  • Brooklyn and Phoenix have split their last four meetings after the Nets took the previous five meetings.
  • The Nets have turned the ball over at least 15 times in all eight of their games in 2016-17. That is their longest such streak to start a season since they turned the ball over 15+ times in their first eight games of the 1996-97 season.
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Nov 9, 2016; New York, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) shoots against New York Knicks center Joakim Noah (13) and New York Knicks power forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) during the second quarter at Madison Square Garden. Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 9, 2016; New York, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) shoots against New York Knicks center Joakim Noah (13) and New York Knicks power forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) during the second quarter at Madison Square Garden. Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Pace is playing a key role in how the Brooklyn Nets and Phoenix Suns are performing on offense.

Heading into Saturday game in Phoenix, the Nets and Suns own among the quickest paces in the league.

The Nets are averaging 103.50 possessions per game through their first eight games in new coach Kenny Atkinson's motion offense. The Suns have averaged 104.37 possessions through their first nine games.

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Brooklyn Nets forward Joe Johnson (7) pushes Charlotte Hornets guard Nicolas Batum (5) in first half at Barclays Center. (William Hauser)
Brooklyn Nets forward Joe Johnson (7) pushes Charlotte Hornets guard Nicolas Batum (5) in first half at Barclays Center. (William Hauser)

Brooklyn has no incentive to tank, as its 2016 first-rounder is owned by Boston as part of the ill-fated 2013 trade which brought in Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. And the Nets have been competitive of late, going 3-4 after losing 15 of 17.

They did give the red-hot Trail Blazers a challenge, battling back from a 14-point first-quarter deficit and a 19-point margin in the third to briefly move ahead in the fourth. The game was tied at 101 with two minutes left before Portland closed on an 11-3 run for its sixth straight win.

"We had a lot more energy (in the second half) and we knuckled down on defense and got some stops," center Brook Lopez said. "We came out a bit relaxed. I don't know what it was. There really is no excuse to start that way."

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New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony drives against Phoenix Suns guard Sonny Weems during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Anthony Gruppuso/USATSI)
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony drives against Phoenix Suns guard Sonny Weems during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Anthony Gruppuso/USATSI)

(AP) -- Carmelo Anthony had 19 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists in his return from a two-game absence, and the New York Knicks snapped a four-game losing streak with a 102-84 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Friday night.

Kristaps Porzingis also rejoined the lineup with seven points and seven rebounds, and the Knicks sent the Suns to their 13th straight road loss.

Anthony had sat out with soreness in his surgically repaired left knee, and Porzingis missed his first game of the season Thursday with an upper respiratory illness. Having them back helped Arron Afflalo, who scored 12 of his 17 points in helping the Knicks open a big first-quarter lead that was never really threatened.

Rookie Devin Booker scored 21 points for the Suns, who fell to 4-21 on the road. Their last road victory was Dec. 7 in Chicago. >> Read more...

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New York Knicks shooting guard Arron Afflalo drives against Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams during overtime at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USATSI)
New York Knicks shooting guard Arron Afflalo drives against Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams during overtime at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USATSI)

The New York Knicks host the Phoenix Suns at Madison Square Garden on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

According to STATS...

  • This is the first meeting of 2015-16 between these teams. The Suns have won the last three games in this series after the Knicks had taken the previous four.
  • The Suns lost 115-93 at Cleveland on Wednesday. It was their league-high fifth loss by 20 or more points so far in January.
  • Each of New York's last 10 contests has been decided by at least five points. That is the second-longest active streak in the NBA (Por, 14).
  • The 21 year-old Archie Goodwin and the 19 year-old Devin Booker have formed the Suns' starting backcourt in five games this season, including in each of the team's last four contests. It is the only time since at least the start of the 1985-86 season that two players 21 or younger have played 5+ games together as the Suns' starting backcourt.
  • Carmelo Anthony has missed six games this season, including the last two contests. The Knicks are 0-6 without Anthony in 2015-16, compared to 22-20 when he plays.
  • Arron Afflalo went 3-for-3 from the free-throw line on Thursday. That extended his streak of consecutive free throws made to 30 in a row; that is tied for the second-longest active streak in the NBA.

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New York Knicks guard Arron Afflalo (4) takes a shot over Toronto Raptors guard Terrence Ross (31) in the first half at Air Canada Centre. (Dan Hamilton)
New York Knicks guard Arron Afflalo (4) takes a shot over Toronto Raptors guard Terrence Ross (31) in the first half at Air Canada Centre. (Dan Hamilton)

The New York Knicks certainly miss Carmelo Anthony. They may not have to endure another absence Friday night.

With Anthony reportedly nearing a return, the banged-up Knicks attempt to capitalize on a meeting with the Phoenix Suns and send them to their longest road losing streak in three decades.

New York (22-26) is 0-6 without Anthony, dropping the last two games while he nurses soreness in his left knee.

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Phoenix Suns forward P.J. Tucker (17) is congratulated by point guard Brandon Knight (3) after scoring a basket against the Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre. (Tom Szczerbowski)
Phoenix Suns forward P.J. Tucker (17) is congratulated by point guard Brandon Knight (3) after scoring a basket against the Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre. (Tom Szczerbowski)

The Nets host the Phoenix Suns in Brooklyn on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

According to STATS...

  • The Suns have won back-to-back games against the Nets, after losing each of their previous five meetings. The Nets have scored at least 100 points in five consecutive games against Phoenix -- their longest active such streak against one opponent.
  • The Nets have won each of their last three home games after losing their first three home games of the season. After allowing 107.3 points per game over their first three games at home this year, the Nets have allowed just 90.7 points per game over their last three home games.
  • The Suns have outscored each of their last three opponents by double-digit points inside the paint.
  • There have been 75 made three-pointers in the Suns' last three games (31 by Phoenix and 44 by its opponents). This season, no team sees more combined made three-pointers in its games than the Suns (19.7).
  • Despite standing just 6'1", Eric Bledsoe blocked three shots against the Raptors Sunday, marking the third time since the beginning of last season that Bledsoe has blocked at least three shots -- tied with Kemba Walker for the most times by a player shorter than 6'2".
  • Brook Lopez led the Nets outright in blocks, steals and assists on Sunday, the fifth time since 1985-86 that a player has led the Nets outright in all three categories in a game.
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Brooklyn Nets guard Wayne Ellington (21) shoots the ball as Houston Rockets guard Marcus Thornton (10) defends during the second quarter at Toyota Center. (Troy Taormina)
Brooklyn Nets guard Wayne Ellington (21) shoots the ball as Houston Rockets guard Marcus Thornton (10) defends during the second quarter at Toyota Center. (Troy Taormina)

 (AP) -- Jeff Hornacek is hoping his Phoenix Suns can be more consistent defensively after an improved performance.

They might be able to learn from the Brooklyn Nets, who have shored up their defense - at least at home.

Phoenix continues its six-game trip Tuesday night against the Nets.

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On Friday night, the Nets defeated the Phoenix Suns by a final score of 99-79.

The Skinny: Already playing without Kris Humphries, Jerry Stackhouse and Mirza Teletovic, the Nets received another injury blow when Gerald Wallace was fouled hard on a dunk attempt in the opening minutes by Suns? forward P.J. Tucker and forced to go to the locker room. He suffered bruised ribs and would not return. Phoenix started ice cold from the field from but started making shots as the quarter progressed and led by four after one.

After tying the game early in the second quarter, the Nets fell behind by six, as Shannon Brown and the Suns? reserves orchestrated a 9-2 run. Brooklyn was able to consistently get to the charity stripe and knock down free-throws to keep the game close. But the Suns increased their lead to 11 by attacking the rim and cleaning up on the glass. Phoenix shot 55 percent from the field and scored nearly half of their points in the paint in the first half to lead by seven at the break.

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Tonight at 7:30 p.m., the Nets take on the Phoenix Suns at Barclays Center

Brooklyn has won six of seven games since P.J. Carlesimo took over as head coach for Avery Johnson. The team will also try to match its longest winning streak of the season (five).

Meanwhile, the Suns, owners of the second-worst record in the Western Conference, are just 2-16 this season playing on the road, having lost 11 straight contests ? the longest skis in franchise history since losing 14 straight in 1984.

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