Marbury's double-double not enough for slumping Knicks

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Stephon Marbury was better than his rookie
cousin this time, but that wasn't enough to get the New York Knicks
out of their road slump.

Damon Stoudamire had 25 points and the Portland Trail Blazers
beat the Knicks 103-96 Saturday night, winning for only the second
time since Kevin Pritchard took over as coach.

Tim Thomas had 30 points and Marbury added 21 points and 11
assists for the Knicks, who have lost 16 of their last 18 road

Marbury was matched against Sebastian Telfair, his 19-year-old
relative with whom he has had a frosty relationship in the past,
for the first time since Portland made Telfair a starter earlier
this month.

With New York falling out of the playoff race and Portland in
rebuilding mode, the rivalry between to the two Coney Island
playground stars took center stage.

Telfair, the 13th overall pick in last year's draft out of
Abraham Lincoln High in New York, played 25 minutes, but had an
unremarkable night, with six points and six assists.

"It's a lot more fun (playing against Marbury)," Telfair said.
" Whenever you go out there and compete and play, and get a win,
it feels good."

New York fell five games behind idle Philadelphia for eighth
place in the Eastern Conference.

"Right now it's hard to think about how far out of the playoffs
we are," Marbury said. "We were probably a bit flat tonight, but
this is the NBA and that happens."

Wins have been hard to come by for the Blazers, who have been
auditioning younger players with an eye towards next season since
firing coach Maurice Cheeks on March 2.

Shareef Abdur-Rahim had 17 points and Ruben Patterson had 16 for
Portland, which broke a seven-game losing streak and improved to
2-11 under interim coach Pritchard. Second-year player Travis
Outlaw had 14 points on 7-of-9 shooting, the latest in a stretch of
encouraging performances. He also had seven rebounds, two blocks
and two steals.

"Anyone of the eight guys who played tonight could have been
player of the game," Pritchard said, "but if I had to pick one,
it would be Travis Outlaw. He was unbelievable."

The Blazers had Telfair guarding Marbury for stretches early in
the game, but as Marbury heated up in the second half, Patterson
and Stoudamire were given the task.

It didn't help much -- Marbury scored 14 in the fourth quarter,
several times bringing the Knicks back when they fell behind.

Portland led 91-88 with 5:37 left, when Marbury drove to the
hoop, drawing a foul. He made two free throws, getting the Knicks
within one.

Then, with just over two minutes to go, he hit a floater in the
lane to cut the lead to 97-94.

Telfair missed a jumper with 1:35 left and exited the game. But
Patterson made two free throws for the Blazers, and Thomas lost the
ball on the way up to a dunk. From there it unraveled for New York.
Marbury picked up a technical and Portland hit free throws to close
out the game.

Malik Rose had 15 points for the Knicks. Joel Przybilla had 11
points and 15 rebounds for Portland, which shot 52 percent for the

Stoudamire had 13 points in the first quarter, hitting three
3-pointers as the Blazers took a 26-22 lead. Outlaw scored six
straight points and Abdur-Rahim had a dunk to increase the lead to
10 as Portland took a 52-42 advantage into halftime.

The Knicks opened up the third quarter with a 10-2 run. After
New York tied it up at 52, Portland got the lead back, but never
pulled away.

Game notes
The Blazers have beaten the Knicks the last five times in
Portland. ... Telfair and Marbury hugged just before tip-off and
Marbury playfully swatted his younger cousin on the head. Both have
said this week that they are getting along fine now. ... Derek
Anderson, who played significant minutes in Portland's last two
games, sat out with back spasms. Theo Ratliff (sore shoulder)
missed his second straight game.


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