Tuesday , Mar , 30 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

New York Knicks Team Report – March 30

=== New York Knicks Team Report – March 30 ===

(Sports Network) – The Knicks tallied a huge 92-91 win over the Portland
Trail Blazers at Madison Square Garden Monday night.

Tim Thomas returned from a groin injury to score a game-high 26 points, as the
Knicks registered the win. Stephon Marbury contributed 23 points, eight
assists and seven rebounds for New York, which remained in seventh place in
the Eastern Conference. The Knicks are one-half game ahead of Boston, which
won Monday at New Jersey.

Nazr Mohammed grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds as New York held a 40-36 edge on
the boards.

The Knicks grabbed their first lead of the contest at 83-82 when Kurt Thomas
nailed a 10-foot jumper with 3:40 remaining. However, the game see-sawed back
and forth from there.

Portland jumped ahead 89-87 with 1:39 left to play, but Marbury answered with
three free throws after being fouled shooting a three-pointer. New York gained
a one-point advantage that it wouldn’t relinquish.

The Knicks again played without guards Allan Houston and Anfernee Hardaway due
to injuries. It is unknown when the duo will return to the court.

New York has the next three days off before facing the New Jersey Nets at
Continental Airlines Arena Friday. The Knicks have their next three contests
on the road.