Frye and Knicks roll past Washington
New York, NY (Sports Network) – Channing Frye scored a career-high tying 30
points to lead the New York Knicks over the Washington Wizards, 113-92, at
Madison Square Garden.
Stephon Marbury added 16 points and 11 assists for the Knicks, who have won
consecutive games for just the second time this season. New York outlasted
Phoenix in three overtimes last time out, 140-133, on Monday.
Frye, who sparked a 26-6 run that bridged the final two quarters, hit 11-of-13
shots off the bench as New York’s reserves outscored Washington’s 56-21.
Fellow rookie Nate Robinson, who stands at just 5-foot-9, added 16 points and
seven rebounds for the Knicks, who are 2-0 in January after going just 2-12 in
Antawn Jamison and Gilbert Arenas each had 22 points for the Wizards, who have
lost four in a row.
The game was close until the Knicks used a 14-3 run more than midway through
the third to pull away. Ahead 66-65 with under 4 1/2 minutes to play in the
stanza, Frye sparked the run with eight points, giving New York an 80-68
cushion heading into the final 12 minutes.
The Knicks continued to roll in the fourth, scoring 12 of the first 15 points
of the stanza to open up a 92-71 advantage. Maurice Taylor had four points for
New York during the outburst, ending it with a bucket 3 1/2 minutes into the
frame for the 21-point lead.
The cushion later ballooned to 23 points, 98-75, on a Taylor bucket just over
two minutes later.
Washington, which hit just 4-of-18 shots from the floor in the decisive third
quarter, led 30-25 after one quarter but trailed 52-51 heading into halftime.
Taylor ended with 12 points and Eddy Curry had 13 for the Knicks, who recorded
their largest margin of victory this season.
The Knicks last won consecutive games back on November 13 at Sacramento and
November 14 at Utah…Frye previously scored 30 points on December 12 against
Milwaukee…New York improved to 6-8 at home this season and 2-0 on its
current three-game homestand…Washington fell to 5-11 on the road…Caron
Butler ended with 16 points…Washington Jared Jeffries left the game in the
third quarter after getting hit in the eye with the ball…The Knicks
activated center Jerome James off the suspended list prior to the game…New
York played without Jamal Crawford (ankle) and Quentin Richardson (back).