Curry and New York down Portland
Portland, OR (Sports Network) – Eddy Curry scored 27 points and pulled down
10 rebounds as New York routed Portland, 99-81, at the Rose Garden.
Jamal Crawford added 25 points and six assists for the Knicks, who snapped a
three-game skid. Stephon Marbury chipped in with 17 points, seven rebounds and
seven helpers for New York.
“I tried to get it going tonight,” said Curry. “I’m trying to read defenses
better. It all depends. I try to read it and make a move.”
Zach Randolph had 15 points and nine boards for the Trail Blazers, who lost
their fourth straight contest and for the sixth time in seven games. Rookie
Brandon Roy tallied 14 points and Jarrett Jack finished with 11 and seven
“We’re not playing together,” said Randolph. “We’ve got to get back together
as a team and refocus. (Eddy) Curry is a beast. I’ve known him since high
school so I know what he can do. It’s up to us (as players) to see within
ourselves what we have to do.”
Portland took a slim 24-23 edge after the opening 12 minutes but New York
bounced back with an excellent second quarter to lead 51-42 at intermission.
The Knicks then put the game away with a dominant third quarter. Curry and
Crawford had seven points apiece in the frame as New York outscored the Trail
Blazers 29-18 to take a 20-point edge, 80-60, into the fourth quarter.
Portland never recovered and couldn’t make a serious run in the fourth
quarter. Sergio Rodriguez nailed a jumper with about 7 1/2 minutes left to
make it 82-69.
However, the Knicks answered with a David Lee lay-in and a pair of Curry free
throws over the next minute.
New York coasted to the finish line from there.
The Trail Blazers fell to 7-10 at home this season…The Knicks improved to
6-11 on the road this season…This was the first of two meetings between the
clubs this season.