Marbury scores 34 to lead Knicks past Golden State
New York, NY (Sports Network) – Stephon Marbury scored 12 of his 34 points in
the fourth quarter, leading the New York Knicks over the Golden State
Warriors, 106-97, at Madison Square Garden.
Quentin Richardson added 30 points and 12 boards for the Knicks, who have
alternated wins and losses over the last 11 games. Eddy Curry tallied 22
points and seven rebounds for New York, which has won seven straight at home.
Marbury keyed a 12-0 run late in the fourth quarter, scoring eight points to
help New York overcome a two-point deficit and cruise to the win.
Al Harrington had 26 points and eight boards to lead Golden State, which has
lost five straight overall. Monta Ellis added 17 points for the Warriors, who
have dropped seven in a row on the road, including the first three of their
current five-game road trip.
Down 92-90 a little more than midway through the fourth quarter, the Knicks
began their surge behind the shooting of Marbury. After he hit a free throw to
make it a one-point game, Mardy Collins went coast-to-coast and converted a
layup with just under four minutes left to give New York the lead for good,
Marbury then drained a jumper with 3:32 left and followed that with a three-
pointer 34 seconds later for a six-point edge. He later finished the 12-0 run
with a pair of free throws with 1:10 remaining for a 102-92 cushion.
Collins ended with five points off the normally productive New York bench.
Steve Francis added seven points off the pine, as the duo combined for the
only New York bench points.
As a matter of fact, Marbury, Richardson and Curry combined for all but 20
points for the Knicks.
“Steph’s been great…Steph’s incredible,” said Curry. “He’s taken some big
shots, very gutsy player. You have to admire what he’s doing and providing
out there for us.”
Mickael Pietrus and Kelenna Azubuike each had 13 points for the Warriors, who
trailed 26-18 after one quarter and 54-48 at halftime.
Golden State, which tied the game at 75 heading into the fourth quarter, shot
a blistering 11-of-23 from beyond the arc. The only problem was that the team
hit a season low 6-of-15 free throws.
“I thought we went to the basket as hard as we have in a long time,” said
Golden State head coach Don Nelson. “They chose not to call it and call other
New York, by contrast, hit 28-of-42 from the line and went 10-of-19 from
Sarunas Jasikevicius had 11 points for the Warriors…Golden State fell to
6-24 on the road…NY improved to 17-13 at home…NY ended a four-game slide
to the Warriors to earn a split of the season series…NY had last beat the
Warriors on March 6, 2005.