New York 111, New Jersey 97

NEW YORK (AP) -- Stephon Marbury scored 16 points, and the New
York Knicks beat the New Jersey Nets 111-97 on Friday night in
their first exhibition game under new coach Isiah Thomas.

Quentin Richardson added 14 points for the Knicks, the last NBA
team to play a preseason game. They play again Saturday night at

The Knicks went with what could be their starting lineup on
opening night: Marbury and Steve Francis in the backcourt, Channing
Frye and Jared Jeffries up front and Eddy Curry as the center.

The Nets were without stars Jason Kidd and Vince Carter, who
were on the bench in street clothes. Carter hasn't played in either
of New Jersey's games because of sore ribs.

With Kidd out, rookie Marcus Williams started at point guard and
had 21 points and seven assists. Antoine Wright added 15 points and
Richard Jefferson had 14. Jay Williams, trying to come back after
not playing since 2003 following his motorcycle accident, was
0-for-3 with five turnovers in 16 minutes.

Thomas, the team president, was put in charge of coaching the
team he assembled in June when Larry Brown was fired after
compiling a 23-59 record in his only season in New York. Thomas has
already been warned by Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan
that he'll be fired from both jobs if the Knicks don't improve this

He wants the Knicks to play a more up-tempo style, but there
wasn't much tempo at all during a dreadfully slow first half in
which the teams combined for 38 fouls and 55 free throw attempts.

The Knicks led 60-49 at halftime behind 12 points apiece from
Marbury and Richardson and were comfortably ahead throughout the
second half.

Renaldo Balkman -- whose pick was booed by New York fans on draft
night when Thomas chose him at No. 20 instead of Williams -- had 11
points and seven rebounds in 16 energetic minutes.

Veteran swingman Jalen Rose did not dress, but the Knicks said
he would start against the 76ers.