- Sacramento 123 Knicks 118 (2OT’s); You weren’t dreaming, that really was Stephon Marbury playing defense. Marbury didn’t start, but he had a nice game off the bench as Isiah went to a three-guard lineup in the fourth quarter. With Crawford and Robinson sharing the point, Marbury took over at the two and did well. Eddy Curry had a huge game with 27 points including a game-tying rebound and layup with 10 seconds left in regulation, but he couldn’t convert on another layup as time expired and the game went to overtime.
In overtime the Knicks kept up the defensive pressure. With the score tied, David Lee drew a huge charging call with 22 second left, allowing the Knicks to play for the last shot. But, Jamal Crawford couldn’t hit a runner and Lee’s put back rolled off the rim sending things to a second overtime.
It quickly became apparent in the second overtime that the Knicks just couldn’t keep up with Sacramento any longer. The Kings worked the pick-and-roll to perfection, hitting their jumpers while New York was plagued by sloppy play and fell behind by seven. The Knicks cut it to three and had a chance to make up more ground, but they couldn’t get a crucial rebound and they will have to win in Denver later tonight to salvage a win from this bizarre road trip.
- Islanders 1 Devils 0: Martin Brodeur is still waiting for his 500th win and it’s the local teams that keep denying him the chance. Friday the Islanders beat him for a second time with his 500th on the line, this time on a shorthanded goal from Josef Vasicek in the second period. That was the only mistake Brodeur made, but it was enough with Rick DiPietro stonewalling New Jersey. Brodeur will get another chance later tonight against rhe Flyers.
- Orlando 95 Nets 70: The Magic jumped all over the Nets, running out to a 25-10 lead after one quarter. Rashard Lewis had 27 points while Richard Jefferson led the Nets with 15. New Jersey has now lost four in a row and clearly miss Vince Carter’s presence on the floor.
Photograph of Sacramento Kings guard Kevin Martin, left, goes up for the shot over New York Knicks guard Stephon Marbury by Rick Pedroncelli/AP