NBA Game Summary - Chicago at New York
(Friday, December 22nd)
Final Score: New York 103, Chicago 92
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Jamal Crawford scored 30 points as the New York Knicks recorded their first three-game win streak under head coach Isiah Thomas, beating the Chicago Bulls 103-92 at Madison Square Garden.
Stephon Marbury added 19 points and eight assists, and Eddy Curry had 20 points for the Knicks, who haven't lost since opening their four-game homestand with a 123-100 setback to Denver that resulted in a now infamous brawl in the closing minutes of the contest.
"It's a big win for us," said Marbury. "I think the most important thing was our defense. We did a great job of containing their guards. We knew that Kirk Hinrich and Chris Duhon were going to get theirs, but our main focus was to contain them. They are a jump shooting team and we knew that we were going to be playing on the perimeter most of the night."
Channing Frye tallied 15 points and 12 boards, and David Lee had 12 points and 14 rebounds for New York, which last recorded three consecutive wins April 5-9 of last season. The last time New York won more than three straight was January 1-13, 2006 when it won six in a row.
Ben Gordon had 27 points and Luol Deng tallied 20 for Chicago, which had a five-game win streak halted.
"We pretty much got thoroughly outplayed in almost every area, especially in the second half," said Chicago head coach Scott Skiles. "Their guards went by us at will. They were all over the glass on us. They dominated the rebounding, and just in general it looked like they wanted it more than we did."
Down 47-42 late in the second quarter, the Knicks ended the half on a 12-4 run to take the lead for good. Marbury, Crawford and Jerome James each had four points during the run, which saw James give New York a lead it would not relinquish with a bucket for a 52-51 lead and the Knicks went into the locker room with a 54-51 edge.
A 16-4 run early in the third quarter put New York ahead by double digits. Curry had seven points and Crawford had seven during the burst, which Crawford also capped with a three-pointer for a 74-60 lead with a little more than 4 1/2 minutes left until the fourth.
Chicago drew within 77-69 heading into the final 12 minutes, but New York kept the Bulls at bay the rest of the way. A Curry bucket with a little more than 6 1/2 minutes to play gave the Knicks a 15-point lead, 91-76, and the Bulls only got within nine points the rest of the way.
"I thought our team played with great poise against a team that's really hot," said Thomas. "Chicago has been playing really well. I think we did a good job of controlling the tempo and understanding the tempo of the game. And that's a key for us right now. I thought we did a good job controlling the three-point line and our rebounding was spectacular. Everyone rebounded the basketball. It was a very good night. It was a good win."
Since their embarrassing loss to Denver on Saturday night, the Knicks beat Utah in overtime 97-96 thanks to Marbury's buzzer-beating lay-in and Charlotte 111-109 in two OTs courtesy of Lee's tip-in off an inbounds pass as time expired.
James ended with five points for New York...Andres Nocioni had 14 points and Ben Wallace had 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Bulls...New York ended a four-game losing streak to the Bulls, beating the team for just the second time in 10 meetings...New York's Nate Robinson has seven games left on his 10- game suspension, while Mardy Collins has three games left on his six-gamer and Jared Jeffries one game remaining on his four-game penalty resulting from the brawl with the Nuggets.
12/22 23:26:07 ET