Knicks Get First Win Over Slumping Kings
New York 105, Sacramento 95
SACRAMENTO, Calif., Nov. 13 (Ticker) -- The first win for Larry Brown's New York Knicks came at expense of the Sacramento Kings, who have some enormous problems of their own.
Rookie Channing Frye scored 19 points to lead a huge effort from the bench as Brown and the Knicks ended their season-opening five-game slide with a 105-95 victory over the reeling Kings.
That was not the case against the Kings (2-5), who dug themselves an early hole and were unable to climb out of it. While defense hasn't been a particular strength in recent years, Sacramento seems to have lost some offensive fluidity as well, if this season's first couple of weeks are any indication.
"We managed to hang on and get a win," said Brown, who avoided matching his worst coaching start, when he went 0-6 with the Indiana Pacers. "I'm proud of them. I really think our team has been playing hard. We made extra passes. We got stops when things went bad, which hadn't been happening. We grew up a lot."
A 7-footer from Arizona, Frye made 8-of-13 shots in 19 minutes. He scored seven points in the first quarter, which was capped by a 3-pointer at the buzzer by fellow reserve Trevor Ariza for a 29-16 lead.
"I came in with the attitude, like the other rookies, to just go out there and make the team better any way we can," Frye said. "Two minutes or 20 minutes, it doesn't matter. I can't wait to go to Utah and try to get another (win)."
"Our young guys were great," Knicks veteran guard Stephon Marbury said. "They work so hard every day in practice, they just do everything that's asked of them."
Frye scored six more points in the second period as New York extended its lead to 57-41 at halftime. The Knicks shot 56 percent (24-of-43) in the first half.
After helping withstand a surge by Sacramento in the third quarter, Frye sank a pair of free throws to open the final period and give New York a 79-66 lead.
The Kings closed to 90-82 with 5:29 remaining on a 3-pointer by Peja Stojakovic, who scored 31 points. Jamal Crawford answered with a three-point play and a tough drive. And when Sacramento cut the deficit to 97-91 with 1:27 left, Crawford sank a jumper 15 seconds later.
"We all felt like, 'Here we go again, the Kings are going to come back,' but we stayed in there," said Crawford, who scored 11 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter to carry the offense.
In their visit here last season, the Knicks blew a seven-point advantage in the final 48 seconds of an excruciating 116-115 loss. But there was no collapse this time, leaving the Kings to answer some questions.
"We took a step backward," Sacramento coach Rick Adelman said. "We wanted to build on the Denver win and we didn't do it. I don't know what the reason was why we didn't come ready to play this game."
Marbury scored 17 points and Crawford and Eddy Curry added 16 each for the Knicks, who shot 54 percent (41-of-76) and improved to 1-2 on their six-game road trip.
Mike Bibby scored 18 points and Shareef Abdur-Rahim added 14 for the Kings, who shot just 42 percent (28-of-67) and committed 21 turnovers.
"This is very frustrating," Bibby said. "We had no communication out there tonight. We need to work out our problems."