New York continued its hot losing streak by dropping 7 straight. A first quarter Knicks scoring drought was capped by a pair of missed free throws from Trevor Ariza giving them a 15-4 early deficit. Jerome James poured in 1 point and grabbed a single rebound to spark the loss. “I was just out there last night” said the New York center. James was trying to encourage his teammates and was heard yelling “Cha-CHING!” near the Knicks bench.
The Knicks initial game plan was to escort San Antonio guard Tony Parker to the hoop early and often. However the players on the court shifted gears, improvising midway through the first. “Parker was blowing past the Knicks perimeter for an easy two,” said Marbury “but the points didn’t add up quickly enough. So we decided to collapse everyone on him, and sure enough he was kicking it out for three. At that point we were really rolling.”
New York’s strategy worked as they gave up a scorching 50% from three point land. The fans noticed the effort and gave the Knicks their due applause. “They were cheering ‘Mar-BOOOOOOO-Ry’ all night,” said Jamal Crawford. “It’s great that with the awful mess the city is in with the transit strike during the holidays, we were able to lift their spirits.”
“We never had anything like this in Arizona” said rookie Channing Frye. “A lot of this is new to me, and I’m trying to learn everything I can from these veterans.”
New York hopes to push their streak to 8 with a blowout loss to the Jazz.