Frye Leads Knicks to Rare Back-to-Back Wins
New York 113, Washington 92
NEW YORK, Jan. 6 (Ticker)-- Rookie Channing Frye, Stephon Marbury and a stifling defense were the keys as the New York Knicks equaled their best surge of the season.
Frye matched a season high with 30 points and Marbury added 16 and 11 assists as the Knicks rolled to a 113-92 triumph over the slumping Washington Wizards and posted consecutive wins for just the second time this season.
The Knicks did a particularly good job on Gilbert Arenas, who had scored 40-plus points in his last two games. The league's fourth-leading scorer had 16 points on 7-of-9 shooting in the first quarter but just six the rest of the way, sinking just 2-of-9 shots.
"You can't guard him," New York coach Larry Brown said. "He's phenomenal. We had nine turnovers in the first quarter and you can't guard him in transition. I think once we got better control of the tempo, we did a better job."
Frye was the catalyst as New York broke a 63-63 deadlock midway through the third quarter by going on a 13-2 burst. The impressive youngster scored nine points during the surge with Marbury adding four, including the capper on a jumper with 2:43 left.
"I am just trying to get better every day," Frye said. "I am not just a stand-still jump-shooter. That is part of my game. But I want to just incorporate everything I can do."
The Knicks led by at least 10 points after a pair of free throws by Frye made it 78-67 with 1:07 left in the period. The lead grew to 23 points in the fourth quarter as New York posted its most lopsided victory since a 107-82 home win over Boston on March 23.
"We were a little more poised," Marbury said. "Coach talked about us getting a shot every time down the court - a good shot. That is what he wanted us to do and we went out and did it."
The 6-11 Frye shot 11-of-13 from the floor as the Knicks made a season-best 54 percent (43-of-79). They were even better in the second half, sinking 58 percent (21-of-36).
"He's been great. I look at tonight - playing Jamison out on the perimeter is a really tough matchup for him," Brown said. "But I told him today, if he's open, just shoot it. If he doesn't feel he's open, just dribble and don't forget in the pick-and-roll you'll get another opportunity to shoot."
"He was hot, he made some shots that we contested," Wizards coach Eddie Jordansaid. "He had a good night tonight"
Defense again was the culprit as Washington lost its fourth straight game. During the slide, the Wizards have yielded an average of 117 points.
"They made shots with hands in their face," Jordan said. "They got the energy going. There was a point in the game when the momentum was changing and we lost our composure just a little bit and that's all it takes."
"Maybe we aren't as good as we think we are," said Arenas, who turned 24 on Friday. "We keep thinking we're a playoff team, but we are getting beat by teams we're supposed to beat. We need to come out and play a little harder, play with a little sense of urgency. We have the talent."
Rookie Nate Robinson added 16 points, Eddy Curry chipped in 13 and Maurice Taylor came off the bench and contributed 12 for New York, which has won nine of the last 11 meetings with Washington.