Knicks still trying to find their way
(Sports Network) – The New York Knicks try to follow up their biggest win of
the season this evening when they play the middle contest of a three-game
homestand against the Washington Wizards at Madison Square Garden.
On Monday, Stephon Marbury scored seven of his team- high 32 points in the
third and final overtime session, leading New York over the Phoenix Suns,
Marbury also dished out 10 assists, while Jamal Crawford added 29 points,
seven rebounds and seven assists for the Knicks, who ended a three-game losing
streak and earned just their second win in 12 games.
David Lee finished with career-highs of 23 points and 15 rebounds and Eddy
Curry had 20 points and 15 boards as the Knicks blew a 13-point second-half
lead and missed 22 free throws but still managed to win just their second game
in their last eight at MSG.
The Knicks finally took control of the game in the third overtime. The stanza
began with Curry converting a three-point play for a 130-127 lead. Then, after
a Marion bucket, Lee converted a three-point play of his own for a 133-129
advantage. Later, with the Knicks ahead 133-131 with 2:52 on the clock, Curry
blocked a James Jones dunk attempt to again spark the club.
Marbury then started his scoring spree, hitting a layup at the 2:36 mark for a
four-point edge. After a Steve Nash miss on the Suns’ ensuing possession,
Marbury hit 1-of-2 from the line and then hit a jumper with 1:44 left after
New York corralled the rebound of the missed free throw for a 138-131 cushion.
Jones missed a three-pointer 13 seconds later and the Suns never recovered.
On the injury front, forward Antonio Davis (back) and guard Quentin Richardson
(back) are questionable for tonight’s tilt, while guard Jamal Crawford (foot),
who has missed practice the last few days, is expected to play.
New York, which will close this stand on Sunday against Seattle, is 5-8 in its
building this season.