Final

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 2/14

Game 1: Wednesday, February 14th
Knicks101Final
Warriors120
Game 2: Friday, March 2nd
Warriors97Final
Knicks106

Warriors 97

(26-34, 6-24 away)

Knicks 106

(27-33, 17-13 home)

    Coverage: FSBAY

    7:30 PM ET, March 2, 2007

    Madison Square Garden, New York, NY

    1 2 3 4 T
    GS 18 30 27 2297
    NY 26 28 21 31106

    Top Performers

    Golden State: A. Harrington 26 Pts, 8 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Blk

    New York: Q. Richardson 30 Pts, 12 Reb, 1 Ast

    Marbury, Richardson provide spark, drill Warriors

    Associated Press

    NEW YORK -- Trailing in the final minutes without Jamal Crawford to bail them out, the New York Knicks looked anywhere for contributions.

    Elias Says

    The Knicks, who beat the Warriors on Friday night, have alternated wins and losses over their last 11 games, the longest such streak in the NBA this season. It's the fourth time in Knicks history that they did not have a two-game winning streak or a two-game losing streak over an span of at least 11 games. They also did that in 1979-80 (an 11-game streak), 1997-98 (15 games) and 2003-04 (11 games).

    Stephon Marbury scored 34 points and Quentin Richardson had 30 for the Knicks in their win over Golden State. It was the first time that the Knicks had two players with 30-or-more points in an non-overtime game since Marbury and Keith Van Horn turned the trick on Jan. 31, 2004

    •  Elias Says

    They found them from Mardy Collins and Steve Francis -- one who rarely plays and one who wasn't originally expected to.

    Stephon Marbury scored 34 points, Quentin Richardson added 30 points and 12 rebounds, and the New York Knicks beat Golden State 106-97 Friday night, the Warriors' season-high fifth straight loss.

    Collins turned a steal into the go-ahead basket and Francis added seven points and seven assists after deciding to play through knee tendinitis with the team short-handed.

    "Everybody's got to step up and try to fill the void," Richardson said. "We're missing some key guys right now."

    Eddy Curry added 22 points for the Knicks, who won their seventh straight at Madison Square Garden despite playing without starting guard Crawford, who had ankle surgery Friday, plus reserves David Lee (ankle) and Nate Robinson (stomach virus).

    "It's going to be hard without Jamal," Curry said, "but if everyone comes in and plays like we did tonight we shouldn't have a problem winning games."

    Al Harrington scored 26 points and Monta Ellis had 17 for the Warriors, who have dropped six in a row on the road. Golden State is 1-5 since the All-Star break, falling back in the Western Conference playoff race.

    The Knicks, meanwhile, pulled within two games of New Jersey for eighth in the East. New York visits Atlanta on Saturday night.

    "We're asking our guys to take a big leap to try to get into the playoffs," Knicks coach Isiah Thomas said. "In order to get into the playoffs, we're going to have to win some road games."

    Playing without starters Baron Davis (knee surgery) and Stephen Jackson (toe), the Warriors led 92-90 with 5 1/2 minutes to go. But they went cold from there, going without a field goal for nearly 5 minutes while the Knicks seized control with a 12-0 spurt.

    "I think we missed a lot of open shots and our confidence got a little bit down," the Warriors' Mickael Pietrus said. "I think we played hard tonight, it's just a matter of playing a better way and winning."

    In a game that was close the entire second half, Marbury followed Collins' go-ahead layup with a jumper on the break, giving New York a 95-92 lead with 3:32 remaining. Marbury then hit a 3-pointer for a six-point lead before Richardson knocked down a jumper to make it 100-92 with 2:16 to play.

    Marbury added a pair of free throws with 1:10 left for a 102-92 lead. Golden State finally scored again when Harrington made two free throws with 1:02 remaining.

    "Tonight our defense in the fourth quarter was awesome," Marbury said. "The way we have been playing in the fourth quarter at home, we have to take that on the road."

    The Knicks led 26-18 after one, then extended the lead to 36-24 on Richardson's 3-pointer with 7:10 remaining in the second. Golden State got back in the game behind reserve Sarunas Jasikevicius, who had nine points and five assists in the final 9 minutes.

    The Warriors got within one late in the half, but the Knicks led 54-48 at the break after Marbury's layup with 6.5 seconds left.

    Ellis had six points during an 8-1 spurt that gave Golden State a 69-68 lead with 4:16 to go in the third, and the game was tied at 75 after three after the Warriors went 0-for-4 from the line in the final 41 seconds.

    Golden State was only 6-of-15 at the line. Ellis was 7-of-22 from the field.

    "They just wouldn't go down tonight," Ellis said. "But they hit big shots and we didn't, and they got defensive stops. Tonight was just not my night, tonight was theirs."

    Game notes


    Davis continues to progress after left knee surgery. Golden State hopes he can play Monday at Detroit, when it ends its five-game road trip. ... Crawford will be on crutches for a week and will begin rehab in 10-14 days. The Knicks expect him to miss the rest of the regular season but hope he can return if they make the playoffs. ... New York had lost four straight and eight of nine against Golden State.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    GS
    NY
    Points 97 106
    FGM-FGA 40-89 (.449) 34-67 (.507)
    3PM-3PA 11-23 (.478) 10-19 (.526)
    FTM-FTA 6-15 (.400) 28-42 (.667)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 11-38 6-45
    Assists 19 15
    Turnovers 11 16
    Steals 5 4
    Blocks 5 1
    Fast Break Points 10 10
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 27 (1/0) 23 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 3 12

    Top Performers

    Golden State
    New York
    Al Harrington Harrington
    Points: 26
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 1
    Quentin Richardson Richardson
    Points: 30
    Reb: 12
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0