Marbury scores 27 points to lead Knicks over Blazers

NEW YORK (AP) -- New York Knicks coach Larry Brown had a feeling
that Stephon Marbury was ready for a breakout game.

Marbury scored a season-high 27 points Sunday to help New York
beat the Portland Trail Blazers 103-92, giving Brown his first
Knicks victory at Madison Square Garden.

"I thought Steph was phenomenal," Brown said. "I loved the
way he was being aggressive. I told people before the game he would
play great."

Marbury's cousin Sebastian Telfair had a career-high 27 points
for the Blazers in his return home.

"Getting a chance to play at the Garden is a special thing,"
Telfair said. "I give it to the Knicks, they won."

Channing Frye added 20 points and Jamal Crawford had 19 for New
York. Zach Randolph had 17 points and Darius Miles added 16 for the
Blazers, who opened a seven-game road trip.

Marbury left the game with 44.2 seconds left and New York
leading 103-92, drawing a standing ovation.

"It's always great to win," Marbury said. "Winning for coach
being that it was his first game."

Brown had hoped Marbury would be more aggressive, and his star
responded with 14 points in the first half.

"I felt like I was going to come out and play the way I know
how to play basketball," Marbury said.

The Knicks (3-7) used a 16-5 run over the end of the third
quarter and beginning of the fourth to turn a 70-69 deficit into a
85-75 lead. Frye had eight points during that span.

Portland shot 55 percent from the field (33-for-60), but had a
season-high 23 turnovers, including seven by Miles.

"It's all about numbers and points, we had no focus on the
defensive end," said Portland coach Nate McMillian. "We have too
many people concerned about numbers, touches, and the way they look
as opposed to playing the right way."

Juan Dixon had 11 points in the fourth quarter, including three
3-pointers, to try and keep the Blazers (3-5) close. But the Trail
Blazers could get no closer than seven points.

Telfair had 19 points in the first half, including 13 in the
second quarter. The guard from Brooklyn hit two 3-pointers and an
acrobatic drive to help Portland take a 57-54 lead at the half.

"Sebastian is getting better every second of every game,"
Brown said. "He made some plays that you don't see many people

The Trail Blazers shot 58.8 percent (20-for-34) in the first 24

Eddy Curry kept the Knicks close with 12 points in the first
half, but didn't return. He has been slowed by a left calf injury.

"I have been trying to play through it, but it hurt a little
bit," Curry said. "It got a little sore as I played. I just have
to take care of it so that it is not a nagging injury."

Game notes
The Knicks were forced to play at noon after returning from
a 2-4 Western trip because the New York Rangers were playing Sunday
night and the Madison Square Garden floor had to be changed to ice.
"Having six games in 10 days and then having a 12 o'clock game is
a little unusual," Brown said. ... Frye is the first Knicks rookie
to lead the team in scoring more than once in a season since Mark
Jackson did it 11 times in the 1987-88 season. ... The Blazers have
won seven of the last 11 against the Knicks. ... Knicks guard
Quentin Richardson did not play because of back spasms. ...
Telfair's previous career high was 23 points against Charlotte last

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