7:30 PM ET, November 11, 2005
ORACLE Arena, Oakland, CA
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- A dismayed Malik Rose sat in silence for several minutes with the stat sheet inches from his eyes. New York's losses are eerily similar: The Knicks play well for long spurts only to lose in heartbreaking fashion.
They are still 0-for-Larry Brown.
Adonal Foyle scored the go-ahead basket with 48.9 seconds left, then grabbed a crucial rebound on the other end, and the Golden State Warriors survived a frantic final minute to beat Brown's winless Knicks 86-84 on Friday night.
"It's a tough loss," Brown said. "People start making a run at us and we feel like it's the end of the world. We just lack discipline when things get tough."
Brown, in his first season with his hometown team, patted Golden State's Mike Dunleavy on the behind and high-tailed it out of the arena while the Warriors celebrated and his players gathered at midcourt for their postgame prayer.
"It's a matter of making one or two more plays be it offensively or defensively, most of the time defensively," Rose said.
Crawford gave the Knicks the lead with a basket at 1:06, then Foyle scored moments later.
"I missed the one before and I knew Baron would keep coming, and I didn't want him to take my head off," Foyle said. "His presence alone creates opportunities for other people."
Davis missed his first free throw with 11.6 seconds left before sinking the second.
Brown will have to wait until Sunday at Sacramento to give it another try with his latest challenging project. At 0-5, the Knicks are off to their worst start since also dropping the first five games of the 1987-88 season.
Stephon Marbury had 22 points, seven rebounds and four assists, and New York led by as many as 13 points in the first half thanks to 50-percent shooting and aggressive defense and rebounding. But the Knicks looked like a different team after the break -- committing a shot-clock violation and giving up easy dunks in front of a sellout crowd of 19,596.
"We just had to slow down," Crawford said. "As a guard, I'll take responsibility for that."
Davis added 12 points, 12 assists and six rebounds for Golden State, in a stretch with five of eight games at home before Thanksgiving.
The Warriors started the third quarter with an 8-2 spurt to pull to 48-45, then Davis hit a 3 at 5:12 to tie it at 54.
"The whole game was frustrating for me," Davis said. "It was an ugly game, but it was a 'W.' Guys stepped up and hit big shots. ... I tried to be a nuisance on defense. I felt like it was an opportunity to go after it (against Crawford), especially down the stretch. I knew he wasn't passing, so I took a gamble."
Brown, the fourth-winningest coach in NBA history, returned to his native New York when he was hired in late July after reaching back-to-back Eastern Conference championships with Detroit, including leading the Pistons to the 2004 NBA title.
The 65-year-old coach, with his eighth NBA team, twice began 0-5 while in charge of the Philadelphia 76ers -- in 1997-98 and again in 2001-02. He is 13 victories shy of 1,000 career wins, but he has certainly realized in the last week that it might take a while.
Before the game, Brown said he had a tough time dealing with the other slow starts in his career.
"I wanted to kill myself," he said, "but there were no bullets."
This is New York's third-worst start in franchise history -- the Knicks began 0-7 in 1982-83 and 0-8 in 1985-86. And they don't see things getting any easier: This was just Game 2 of the team's six-game road swing out West.
This was the second meeting in six days between the teams after the Warriors won 83-81 last Sunday at Madison Square Garden despite getting outshot and outrebounded by the Knicks. But New York shot 0-for-13 from 3-point range for the first time since 1993 against Utah, then went 3-of-12 from long range Friday.
New York has lost seven of eight to Golden State over the last three seasons, and four straight in the Oakland Arena.
Penny Hardaway made his season debut after being inactive the first four games because Brown was concerned with the way the guard was moving. He had two points and three rebounds in 17 minutes.
The Knicks shot 55 percent in the first quarter and committed only two turnovers to build a 27-17 lead, also holding a narrow rebounding edge.
Warriors F-C Andris Biedrins missed his fifth straight game with a sprained right ankle, which he hurt during the practice after the team's home opener. He hopes to return by next week. ... Golden State coach Mike Montgomery received a $25,000 fine from the NBA on Friday and Richardson was hit with a $20,000 fine, both for failing to leave the court in a timely manner and for verbal abuse of an official Wednesday at Chicago. Montgomery had no comment on his fine. ... Knicks C Jerome James was on the inactive list with a strained left hamstring.
Team Stat Comparison
|FGM-FGA||33-76 (.434)||29-75 (.387)|
|3PM-3PA||3-12 (.250)||9-29 (.310)|
|FTM-FTA||15-19 (.789)||19-27 (.704)|
|Fast Break Points||2||16|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||19 (1/0)||20 (2/0)|