Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 10/15

Game 1: Saturday, October 15th
Game 2: Friday, October 28th

Knicks 93

(1-0, 1-0 away)

Nets 84

(2-1, 1-1 home)

    7:30 PM ET, October 15, 2005

    1 2 3 4 T
    NY 16 23 29 2593
    NJ 19 24 28 1384

    Curry scores 16 in debut for New York news services

    BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) -- Larry Brown and Eddy Curry made successful debuts with the New York Knicks in a 93-84 preseason victory over the New Jersey Nets on Saturday night.

    Brown made his debut on the Knicks' bench. He has coached in the NBA with Denver, New Jersey, San Antonio, Los Angeles [Clippers], Indiana, Philadelphia and Detroit, where he guided the Pistons to the 2003-04 NBA title and the Finals last season.

    "Our effort was great," Brown said. "We tried to do things the right way. We were a little unorganized on offense but I kind of felt that would happen."

    Curry led the Knicks with 16 points and four rebounds in 13 minutes. He missed the last 13 regular-season games of last season and the playoffs after he was diagnosed with heart arrhythmia in March. Curry was traded from Chicago to New York in the offseason.

    Before the game, Curry talked with reporters about the unexpected death of Atlanta Hawks' center Jason Collier, and how he felt about his own heart issues. Curry officially joined the Knicks Oct. 7 after a team of doctors hired by the club cleared him to play. An NBA cardiologist also reviewed the test results.

    "I had so many doctors look at everything about my heart to make sure I'm 100 percent ready to come on this court," Curry said. "I really feel the doctors did a good job of evaluating my situation and making a good diagnosis that I'm finally able to play."

    Curry scored the game's first basket with a tip-in. Trevor Ariza added 13 points for the Knicks.

    Marc Jackson led the Nets (2-1) with 19 points. Richard Jefferson scored 18, Vince Carter added 12 before fouling out in the third quarter. Jason Kidd handed out seven assists, including an underhand alley-oop pass to Jefferson for a dunk.

    Allan Houston, Stephon Marbury and offseason acquisition Jerome James missed the game for the Knicks with injuries.

    Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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