Knicks Go Up Three Love-In New Year

By Jerald LeVon Hoover
Updated: January 10, 2006

NEW YORK – The Knicks are on a mini roll now that they’ve stretched their winning streak to three games in the new calendar year. And what makes it so special for the Knicks and their fans is that they are simply out scoring their opponents in bunches.

For the exception of the Phoenix game which went into triple overtime the high scoring has come in regulation. To which the Knicks are averaging an eye-popping 125 points.

Stephon Marbury has been magnificent while averaging 23 points and taking over the games in key and pivotal moments. All this and dishing out 12 dimes during the streak. He and head coach who has finally settled on a steadier rotation seemed to have kissed and made up after trading barbs, jabs and snooty comments through With the shorter rotation, Coach Brown added, “We’re learning how to play a little bit better. The shorter the rotations become, the more comfortable we’ll get.”

The rookies, Channing Frye, David Lee and Nate Robinson are still making team president Isiah Thomas look like a genius while his free agent pick ups and trades are still playing like dung, with a few exceptions. Those being reserve power forward Maurice Taylor who Coach said, “He gives us a low-post presence. He’s been great.” And Eddy Curry who is starting to round into shape and on occasions has been offensively dominant. Reserve guard Jamal Crawford has been sidelined with a strained foot.

Of course with the wins comes the kinder and gentler side as coach Larry Brown has heaped praise on Marbury again saying, “When (Stephon) Marbury gets 15 assists and 1 turnover, without Jamal (Crawford) in the game, you realize why we won. He was phenomenal.”

GAME NOTES: Channing Frye had another solid game and although hurt in the third quarter, was dominant in the second quarter as he scored 11 points in 11 minutes. The Knicks shot over 50 percent from the field and over 80 percent from the free throw line as they went to the line 38 times.