NBA Game Summary - New York at Chicago
(Tuesday, January 8th)
Final Score: New York 105, Chicago 100
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Stephon Marbury dished off to David Lee for the go-ahead slam with 1:59 to play then drilled the dagger from the top of the circle with 11.4 ticks remaining as New York downed Chicago, 105-100, at the United Center.
The much-maligned Marbury finally made a statement on the floor after a season filled with losing and off-court troubles in regards to his perceived rocky relationship with head coach Isiah Thomas.
Marbury scored 18 points to go along with five assists, none bigger than his penetrate and dish to a cutting Lee for the go-ahead slam. In the process, the Knicks snapped a seven-game losing streak overall and a seven-game skid at the United Center.
Eddy Curry scored a game-high 29 points with eight rebounds and Jamal Crawford added 24 points with five assists. Lee posted 11 points and eight boards and Nate Robinson filled the stat sheet with seven points, 10 assists and seven rebounds.
Joe Smith tallied a team-high 22 points with 12 rebounds, Ben Gordon added 21 as the sixth man and Kirk Hinrich poured in 20 points and dished out nine assists. Aaron Gray continued his solid rookie campaign with 12 points for the Bulls, who have split their last four games.
Chicago played without the services of star forward Luol Deng, who missed the game with a left Achilles injury.
After a timeout with 35 seconds left, Marbury worked his way to the top of the key and no Bull joined him. Marbury buried the three for the five-point edge with 11.4 seconds remaining, and Andres Nocioni's three was blocked on the other end to cap the contest.
The back-and-forth first half ended with the Knicks holding a 43-42 lead, however the Bulls seemed to take control in the third period.
A 13-0 push put the Bulls in control. Chris Duhon drained a jumper and Nocioni connected on a three before a pair of Hinrich free throws and a Duhon layup. Ben Wallace and Smith each made shots from in close to cap the stretch for a 67-57 edge with 8:04 on the clock.
Chicago took a 12-point edge at 90-78 early in the fourth on Gray's turnaround jumper, but the Knicks charged back with a 14-4 stretch to close within 94-92 on Crawford's three with 7:22 to play.
The Bulls fell to 0-13 when opponents score 100 or more points...Duhon scored nine points...The Knicks shot 50 percent from the floor, while the Bulls made 44.2 percent of their shots...Chicago collected 19 offensive rebounds...Attendance 21,838.
01/08 23:32:31 ET