Seattle Natives Push Knicks Past Sonics
New York 104, Seattle 101
SEATTLE, Dec. 6 (Ticker) -- Jamal Crawford came alive after halftime and had a homecoming to remember.
Crawford scored all of his season-high 31 points in the second half, sparking a rally that lifted the New York Knicks to a thrilling 104-101 victory over the Seattle SuperSonics to end a five-game road losing streak.
Crawford came off the bench behind Robinson but missed both his shots in the first half as the Knicks went to the locker room with a 50-41 deficit. But he came alive in the second half, when he made 8-of-11 shots - including 4-of-4 3-pointers - and 11-of-12 free throws.
"When you come home, you have a tendency to try to do too much because you know a lot of people in the crowd are watching you," said Crawford, who provided some 30 tickets for friends and family. "I just wanted to pick my spots a lot better (in the second half) and my teammates did a good job of finding me. The easy job was to put it in the hole. My teammates have trust in me that I can knock them down."
In the third quarter, Crawford made three 3-pointers and a three-point play to cut the deficit to 70-69 late in the period. He scored 19 points in the fourth quarter, and the Knicks needed every one.
New York took the lead for good at 87-85 with 4:24 remaining on two free throws by Stephon Marbury, who had 16 points and eight assists. Crawford made a tough shot in the lane and - after two more free throws by Marbury - drilled a 3-pointer for a 94-86 advantage with 2:35 to go.
"We knew Stephon was tough, but Crawford coming home was a dangerous player," Sonics coach Bob Weiss said. "I didn't know he was that dangerous. He was just unstoppable in the second half. He made a lot of tough shots. Some of those were two steps behind the 3-point line. That was just a testament to his shooting."
"I wasn't just settling for jump shots," Crawford said. "I felt like I could get to the hole or make a play for somebody else. I just wanted to keep the pressure on the defense."
A 3-pointer, free throw and three-point play by Ray Allen cut the deficit to 96-93 before Crawford made a driving scoop shot with 1:18 remaining. In the final 30 seconds, he answered two foul shots by Rashard Lewis with two of his own and a long 3-pointer by Vladimir Radmanovic with two more from the line.
Marbury hit his only basket of the second half, a 23-footer with 26 seconds left to give New York a 100-96 advantage.
"That was a huge shot by Steph and he had the confidence to step up and take it," Crawford said. "If he doesn't make that shot, the way they were coming, I don't know what happens."
Channing Frye scored 18 points and fellow rookie Robinson added 10 for the Knicks, who shot 49 percent (33-of-67) and made 33-of-45 free throws. New York has won six of its last seven visits here.
Allen scored 25 points, Radmanovic added 23 and Lewis 18 for the Sonics, who made 11-of-25 3-pointers but had a three-game winning streak snapped.
"(Crawford) got to the free-throw line and got his confidence going," Allen said. "He made a couple of rotation shots and a couple of times he got to the hole and at that point we didn't stop to recognize that he had gotten the hot hand. It was too late."