Tuesday , Feb , 08 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

New York Knicks Team Report – February 8

=== New York Knicks Team Report – February 8 ===

(Sports Network) – Despite missing their two top shooting guards, the Knicks
managed a 102-99 overtime victory over the Utah Jazz at the Delta Center on
Monday night.

Stephon Marbury scored eight of his 30 points in overtime to pace the Knicks
to the win. Allan Houston remains on the injured list with a sore knee, while
Jamal Crawford sat out because of a sprained left ankle.

Marbury added eight assists and Kurt Thomas contributed 16 points and eight
boards to help the Knicks snap a five-game losing streak. Mike Sweetney
finished with 15 points in the win.

Marbury scored to give the Knicks a 100-99 lead with 50 seconds left in
overtime. After Andrei Kirilenko missed from three-point range, Marbury hit a
jumper to give New York a 102-99 advantage with nine seconds remaining.
Kirilenko’s three-point attempt was off the mark as time expired and the
Knicks escaped with the victory.

The Knicks’ Tim Thomas jammed his left index finger in the second quarter, but
X-rays were negative and he started the second half with a taped hand. Thomas
isn’t expected to miss any games.

Marbury has carried the load for the Knicks this season, leading them in
points (20.9 ppg, 20th-NBA) and assists (8.2 apg, 3rd). The star point guard
is also 9th in the league in minutes per game (39.7).

New York, which sits in the cellar of the weak Atlantic Division, is 16th in
the league in scoring (95.5 ppg). However, the Knicks are only 24th in point
differential (-3.4).

The Knicks are without an All-Star this season, as the reserves were announced
on Tuesday afternoon and Marbury was nowhere to be found on the list. Instead,
Miami’s Dwyane Wade and Washington’s Gilbert Arenas were named to the squad.

New York, which finished its six-game road trip with just a 1-5 mark, return
home to host Miami on Wednesday. The Knicks will then head to Boston on Friday
and close out their week’s slate at home against Charlotte on Sunday.

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