new york KNICKS (8-8)
VS. denver NUGGETTS (12-8)
Crawford and Marbury combined for 56 points as the Knicks snapped the Denver Nuggets' four-game winning streak with a 107-96 victory.
Crawford, who scored 17 of his 31 points in the third quarter, drained a 3-pointer 6:24 into the second half to give the Knicks their largest lead, 70-56. That basket capped a 17-8 run in which he scored 13 points.
Crawford, who has struggled at times from the field, has combined with Marbury to form the second-highest scoring duo in the NBA. After missing four of his first six shots, he made 9-of-15 in the second half, finishing 11-of-19 overall.
"I've been reminding him that he can get to any place that he wants to," Knicks coach Lenny Wilkens said. "He's responded extremely well. He has the opportunity to score or pass the ball to someone. He knows that I have great confidence in him."
"My teammates did a great job finding me," said Crawford, who had shot 11-of-40 in his previous three games and made at least half his shots for the fourth time as a Knick. "My coach had some great plays. I was open and able to hit shots. Honestly, in moments like that, you just zone out."
Marbury scored 14 of his 25 points in the first half as the Knicks overcame an early eight-point deficit to open a 49-44 lead at the break.
Marbury also recorded 11 assists -- giving him 5,008 for his career -- as the Knicks improved to 7-2 when he reaches double figures in assists.
In addition to honoring great guards such as Walt Frazier, Earl Monroe, Dick Barnett and John Starks, the Knicks sported uniforms from the 1979-80 season.
Kurt Thomas grabbed a season-high 18 rebounds for the Knicks (10-10), who won for just the second time in their last six games and are at .500 for the sixth time this season. Thomas also combined with 6-10 Tim Thomas to hold Nuggets star Carmelo Anthony to just 7-of-23 shooting.