Wednesday , Feb , 18 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

New York Knicks Team Report – February 18

=== New York Knicks Team Report – February 18 ===

(Sports Network) – Stephon Marbury poured in 28 points to go with nine assists
as the New York Knicks defeated the Detroit Pistons, 92-88, on Tuesday at
Madison Square Garden.

Marbury also tied a career-high with five steals as the Knicks ended a brief
two-game skid. Anfernee Hardaway pitched in with 17 points and nine rebounds
while Kurt Thomas and Othella Harrington each had 14 for New York, which was
playing in its first game since dealing away forward Keith Van Horn to
Milwaukee in a three-team deal that brought over power forward Tim Thomas and
center Nazr Mohammed.

The game was tied at 82 with 1:08 to go when Marbury took over. He made all
three free throws after getting fouled beyond the arc by Chauncey Billups.
After Billups made two of his own at the other end, Marbury buried a crucial
three- pointer to give the Knicks some breathing room at 88-84 with 40.4
seconds left.

Detroit tried to foul its way back into the contest, but Hardaway and
Harrington converted all of their attempts from the line to cement the

Tim Thomas played just nine minutes in his New York debut, scoring two points
and grabbing four rebounds while Mohammed did not play.

New York, which is just a half-game back of the Toronto Raptors for the sixth
spot in the Eastern Conference, has won seven of its last nine games at home
and is 16-13 inside MSG this season.

The Knicks return to action on Friday when they host the Utah Jazz.