Knicks Top Cavs For Fourth Straight
New York 92, Cleveland 84
CLEVELAND, Jan. 10 (Ticker) -- For whatever reason, the New York Knicks are responding to Larry Brown now that the calendar has flipped to 2006.
Jamal Crawford collected 26 points and 10 rebounds and Stephon Marbury added 22 points as the Knicks improved to 4-0 in the new year with a 92-84 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Rookie Channing Frye contributed 16 points and seven rebounds off the bench and Eddy Curry added 12 and eight for the Knicks, who snapped a five-game road losing streak.
"We beat a quality team on the road," Brown said. "We played the fourth quarter as well as we've played any quarter all year."
New York trailed, 68-57, with just over three minutes to play in the third quarter but tied the game at 75-75 on Crawford's fadeaway jumper with 9:27 remaining.
After Cleveland opened an 81-77 edge on a 3-pointer by Mike Wilks with 7:46 to go, New York went on a 15-1 run before LeBronJames made a meaningless bank shot with 17 seconds left that capped the scoring.
"We're believing in the system," Frye said. "We're believing in the coaching staff and we're believing in each other, and I think that's what we needed."
"We've settled in as far as who's going to be out there on the court," Marbury said. "Guys are getting familiar with what we have to do to win games."
James scored 36 points but had just four in the final period while being blanketed by Quentin Richardson. The third-year superstar also contributed seven rebounds and seven assists for the Cavaliers, who had won seven of the previous eight meetings in the series.
"(James) had 32 after three (quarters) and I thought Quentin had guarded him pretty well," Brown said. "In the first half, (Richardson) was 1-for-8 (shooting) and got eight rebounds; second half he was 0-for-1 and I think he got one rebound, (but) I thought he was a big, big factor in us winning the game."
"I'm a proud defensive player," said Richardson, who scored just five points. "I'm not going to let anybody go crazy on me. I've got more pride than that, just having someone go off for a million points."
Drew Gooden had 14 points and 12 rebounds but was held scoreless and had just one board in the fourth quarter for Cleveland, which shot a woeful 20 percent (4-of-20) in the final period.
"We had no movement to what we were doing (offensively in the fourth quarter)," Cavaliers coach Mike Brown said. "As soon as the ball got in someone's hands, we stood and watched, waiting on them to make a play. New York was very aggressive on the other side of the floor."
The Cavaliers slipped to 2-2 without second-leading scorer Larry Hughes, who underwent surgery Friday to repair a right long finger fracture and is expected to be sidelined eight weeks. In the meantime, Cleveland begins a six-game West Coast trip Thursday against the Los Angeles Lakers.
"I don't think we were ready to play from the opening tip," James said. "We got it going in the third, but it took us two quarters to get it going."
"It's going to be tough to beat anybody at home or on the road when you shoot 28 threes and only shoot 20 free throws," Brown said.