Sunday , Mar , 05 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

New York ends road skid in Milwaukee

Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) – Eddy Curry had 20 points and 11 rebounds and
Jalen Rose added 19 points to help the New York Knicks end a six-game losing
streak with a 103-98 win over the Milwaukee Bucks at the Bradley Center.

Quentin Richardson had 18 points and Steve Francis registered 11 points for
New York, which won for just the third time in 25 outings. Stephon Marbury was
held to eight points, but had 11 assists and Malik Rose had 10 points and 11
rebounds as the Knicks ended a 12-game road losing streak.

“We have been getting blown out in a lot of games because we have been getting
so far behind,” said New York head coach Larry Brown. “The last three we have
had a chance to win which is a good sign. They needed that because they are
trying.”

Michael Redd had 23 points and six assists and Joe Smith had 19 points for the
Bucks, who have dropped two straight.

The Knicks scored 13 of the first 17 points of the game to take the early
lead. New York continued to increase its lead, going into the second with a
34-21 cushion. The advantage extended to 17 points, 62-45, on a Richardson
basket late in the second half and the Knicks cruised to the break with a
62-48 cushion.

Milwaukee got back into the game with a strong third quarter. The Bucks held
the Knicks to just 12 third-quarter points and doubled up New York on the
scoreboard in the frame to draw within 74-72.

The Bucks took their first lead since early in the first quarter five minutes
into the fourth when Mo Williams converted a three-point play for an 86-84
edge.

New York, however, responded with a 9-2 surge to take the lead. Jalen Rose’s
three-pointer during the run gave the Knicks the lead, 89-88, and Malik Rose
ended the burst with a pair of buckets for a 93-88 edge with 4 1/2 minutes
left.

Milwaukee later regained the lead, 94-93, on a Smith bucket, but Malik Rose
hit a basket on the Knicks’ ensuing possession to give New York the lead for
good. Marbury later extended the edge to 97-93 and Francis hit five free
throws down the stretch to secure the win.

Williams ended with 17 points for the Bucks, who had a three-game win streak
against the Knicks come to an end.

“They set the tone early,” said Milwaukee head coach Terry Stotts. “I think it
was 8 to 1 in the first half (in rebounding). There were 14 second chance
points. Malik Rose does a good job. I think they set the tone on the boards in
the first three or four minute of the game.”

Game Notes

Jamal Magloire had 14 points and 10 boards and Bobby Simmons had 14 points for
the Bucks…Jamal Crawford added 10 points for the Knicks…New York improved
to 5-25 on the road…Milwaukee fell to 17-12 at home.

MIL NYK