New York’s bench helps Brown get first Knicks win
Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) – Rookie Channing Frye delivered 19 points in
17 minutes off the bench and Larry Brown finally achieved his first victory
with the New York Knicks with a 105-95 decision over Sacramento at ARCO Arena.
Frye went 8-of-13 from the field to lead six New York players in double
figures and the Knicks shot nearly 54 percent as a team to avoid an 0-6 start.
Stephon Marbury added 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting while Eddy Curry had 16
along with eight rebounds.
Peja Stojakovic netted 31 points in a losing cause for the Kings, who have
dropped five of their first seven contests. Mike Bibby scored 18 points and
Shareef Abdur-Rahim posted 14 along with a game-best 13 boards before being
ejected in the final minute.
New York blew significant halftime cushions in recent defeats to Portland and
Golden State on its current West Coast road trip, but led from start to finish
this time around.
Up 17-13 with three minutes left in the first quarter, the Knicks went on a
9-0 run to break the game open. Frye had seven points during the burst and
capped it with a short jumper and free throw with 49 seconds left in the
New York continued to pour it on once the second quarter began, and the margin
reached 19 points when Jamal Crawford buried a three-pointer 2 1/2 minutes
into the frame to make the score 38-19.
Sacramento gradually chipped away at the lead and got within 11 points on a
few occasions, the last coming on Brian Skinner’s inside bucket with 3:50
remaining before intermission. However a 7-1 spurt fueled by two Frye baskets
and a three-pointer from Quentin Richardson put the Knicks up 57-40 before
Stojakovic closed out the half by making 1-of-2 free throws.
The Kings continued to close the gap in the third quarter, as a string of five
straight points ending with Bonzi Wells’ layup near the midway point cut the
deficit to 64-57. Sacramento drew within six late in the frame, but a three-
point play by Marbury followed by Trevor Ariza’s steal and dunk put the
visitors ahead 77-66 heading into the final 12 minutes.
New York then opened the fourth quarter with a 7-0 run to take an 18-point
lead, but the Kings refused to fold. Sacramento outscored the Knicks 11-4 over
the next 2 1/2 minutes to draw within 88-77 with just over seven minutes to
The Kings got even closer later on when a Bibby three-pointer with 3:49 to go
made the score 95-86. After Antonio Davis made two foul shots for the Knicks,
Sacramento recorded the next five points to trim the lead to 97-91 with just
over a minute left.
With New York up 99-93 with 47 seconds to play, Bibby was called for a foul on
Marbury and Adbur-Rahim received a pair of technicals and an ejection for
arguing the call during the ensuing timeout. Marbury hit both attempts from
the stripe and Crawford made 1-of-2 on the technical to extend the margin to
Richardson then sealed the win by burying a three-pointer with 22 seconds on
New York also snapped an eight-game losing streak in Sacramento, having last
beaten the Kings on the road on February 20, 1997…Crawford finished with 16
points for the Knicks, who continue their six-game road swing Monday at
Utah…New York made 6-of-7 three-point attempts for the night, with
Richardson hitting all three of his shots from beyond the arc…Frye’s
previous career-best of 12 points was set last Sunday against Golden State.