Sunday , Nov , 26 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Knicks lose to Bulls; Frye out 3-to-6 weeks with ankle injury

New York, NY (Sports Network) – Luol Deng had 24 points and nine rebounds to
lead the Chicago Bulls to a 106-95 win over the New York Knicks at Madison
Square Garden.

Kirk Hinrich added 21 points and eight assists and Andres Nocioni had 19
points and seven rebounds for the Bulls, who ended a seven-game road trip with
their only win.

“We’re glad to have the win,” said Chicago coach Scott Skiles, who was ejected
for arguing with officials. “I never anticipated getting tossed out of the
game. It got a little hairy out there at the end, but we made enough plays to
get the win.”

Jamal Crawford had 26 points and Eddy Curry added 20 points and six rebounds
for the Knicks, whose struggles continue. Steve Francis had 15 points and
David Lee added 12 points and 12 rebounds, as New York has lost four of five
and fell to 5-10 this season.

Stephon Marbury was held without a point and did not attempt a shot, as he was
benched once again by head coach Isiah Thomas, who is fighting to keep his
job.

“He didn’t feel good this morning,” Thomas said of Marbury. “He missed our
shootaround. I just felt in a game like tonight, where we needed some energy,
he wasn’t feeling that great, so we tried, it. It didn’t work, so I went with
the other guys.”

After the game, Marbury said he wasn’t sick.

“I was trying to move the ball and move it to where he wants us to play,”
Marbury said, adding there was no explanation from Thomas why he didn’t start
the second half. “He doesn’t have to explain anything. He’s the coach and the
president.”

The Knicks’ Channing Frye left the game in the second quarter with a sprained
left ankle and is expected to be out 3-to-6 weeks. New York guard Quentin
Richardson did not return in the second half because of a strained left
hamstring, and he’s considered day-to-day.

The Bulls led the entire way, carrying a 27-21 lead after one quarter, and
leading 38-30 when they began their 16-2 run. Chris Duhon hit a pair of threes
during the surge and Deng and Malik Allen combined for eight points, as
Chicago went ahead 54-32.

The run allowed Chicago to carry a 54-34 lead into halftime and the third
quarter was much of the same, as the Bulls led 82-62 going into the final 12
minutes.

New York made it interesting late, drawing within 98-93 when Curry hit a
bucket with under two minutes to play. However, Chicago buckled down and
scored eight of the final 10 points on its way to victory.

Game Notes

Renaldo Balkman had 10 points and 12 boards for the first double-double of his
career…Francis was also ejected for arguing…New York fell to 1-6 at
home…Chicago improved to 2-8 on the road…Chicago has won seven of eight
from New York.

CHI NYK