2005_11_sknicksariza.jpgLarry Brown still longs for his first win as the head coach of the New York Knicks. At 0-5, it would be nice if that win would come sooner than later. Last night, the Knicks came mighty close against the Golden State Warriors, but lost the game in the final minute, 86-84. Despite the fact that the Knicks came out to play in the first quarter (ha, we're so funny), ending the first period of play with a 10 point lead, they fell short. The Knicks even led by 13 at one point and held the lead for more than half the game (33 minutes). It's like they can't buy a break.

Sloppy play that has hounded the Knicks in their first four losses - an average of 20 turnovers per game - were somewhat remedied as New York only had 13 for the game and none from Stephon Marbury. Marbury finished the game with 22 points, 7 rebounds, and four assists. Penny Hardaway, who has been inactive since the start of the season and the end of last season, made an appearance in the game and added 2 points in almost 17 minutes of play. Despite his low point total, Hardaway managed to steady the Knicks.

The Knicks go for their first win of the season Sunday at Sacramento, a team that has struggled thus far at 2-4. Then again, two wins is something the Knicks could be proud of. With games against Utah, the LA Lakers, and Denver before returning home to New York next Sunday, could the Knicks possibly be 0-9 when they finally come back? If so, the boo-birds might be out in force.

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