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Rare four-point play added to Crawford's 24

NEW YORK (AP) -- Not since Michael Jordan broke Bryon Russell's
ankles in the 1998 NBA Finals has a member of the Utah Jazz been so
thoroughly faked out by a crossover dribble.

OK, perhaps that's a stretch. But Jamal Crawford's move on Raja
Bell was pretty sweet nonetheless.

Crawford scored 11 of his 24 points in the final five minutes,
including a rare four-point play and a crossover move that led to a
key basket in New York's 94-93 victory over Utah on Sunday.

"I was kind of saving that one," said Crawford, who had
noticed throughout the game that Bell kept expecting him to drive
left. "He thought I was going left, and I went right."

Crawford was his usual erratic self, missing his first six shots
before eventually finding his stroke. His running floater after
beating Bell made it 90-86 with 27 seconds left, and Stephon
Marbury's two free throws with 6.4 remaining gave New York a
four-point lead.

Marbury had 19 points and 12 assists, Michael Sweetney scored 13
and Kurt Thomas grabbed 14 of the Knicks' 29 rebounds as New York
won at home over the Jazz for the first time in more than eight
years.

Matt Harpring scored 21, Bell added 20 and Carlos Boozer 19 for
the Jazz, who dropped their seventh consecutive road game.

"I thought we tried harder," Utah coach Jerry Sloan said.
"You can only feel sorry for yourself for so long, and then
someday you're either going to get up and fight or lay down in the
corner in the fetal position for the rest of your career."

Crawford led the Knicks in scoring for the 11th time this season
and the fourth time in the last five games. He seems to have
solidified his starting spot at shooting guard despite the recent
return of Allan Houston, who coach Lenny Wilkens has said will
eventually reclaim a spot in the starting five.

Crawford had been beating himself up over his shot selection
toward the end of New York's one-point loss to Detroit four nights
earlier when he dribbled 20 seconds off the shot clock late in the
fourth quarter before launching an off-balance 17-footer that
missed. The Pistons grabbed the long rebound and scored, putting
the only blemish on the Knicks' record over the past five games.

Marbury telephoned Crawford later that night.

"I told him it was spilled milk and that there was nothing he
could do about it now. He felt like he let the whole city down.
That's how much he loves New York," Marbury said.

It was the memory of that jump shot that convinced Crawford to
take the ball to the basket.

He had made a 3-pointer for a 79-79 tie with 4:36 left, then
gave the Knicks an 83-81 lead on a four-point play with 3:50 left.

Bell's 3-pointer made it 88-86 before Crawford found himself
isolated against him on the perimeter. Switching the ball on the
dribble from one side to the other, Crawford got Bell to commit one
way and quickly darted the other for a running 12-footer that
restored a four-point lead.

"The Detroit situation played in my head. I knew I wasn't going
to shoot a jumper. I was going to the hole," Crawford said. "I'm
glad I learned that in game 20 or 21 instead of the playoffs."

Bell was miffed after the game when reporters repeatedly asked
him about the crossover.

"I was out there trying to guard him, he made a good move and I
lost him," Bell said.

Sloan made a major change to his starting lineup, replacing
Mehmet Okur with little-used Aleksandar Radojevic.

"I thought he played pretty well the other night. I thought he
deserved a chance," Sloan said of the 7-foot-3 center, whose
defensive presence helped Utah trim a double-digit, fourth-quarter
deficit against Boston two nights earlier.

Okur, who signed a six-year, $50 million free agent contract
with the Jazz over the summer, had 13 points and 14 rebounds.

Game notes
Radojevic had five points, four rebounds, four fouls, three
turnovers and no field goals in 26 minutes. He began the game with
just eight points all season in five games. ... The Knicks' last
home win over the Jazz came on Dec. 17, 1996. ... Utah has lost 10
of its last 12 overall. ... The Knicks are two games over .500 for
the first time since Dec. 8, 2001.