Basketball: Maccabi falls to the Knicks

Israeli champs routed by New York 112-85 in front of thousands in Madison Square Garden.

October 12, 2007 09:15
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Basketball: Maccabi falls to the Knicks

maccabi cummings 224 88. (photo credit: AP)

The New York Knicks on Thursday night routed Maccabi Tel Aviv 112-85 in Madison Square Garden in front of an arena packed with loud Maccabi fans. New York was led by Jamaal Crawford and Zach Randolph, who scored 16 and 15, respectively, while Maccabi was led by former-NBA big man Marcus Fyzer, who led Maccabi with 12 rebounds and 18 points. Former Golden State Warrior Vonteego Cummings scored 21. "We pretty much expected it," Knicks coach Isaiah Thomas when the game was over, referring to the vocal Maccabi presence in the stands. "The support that the Maccabi team has, particularly here in New York; the way the Elite team has played over the years; they're an excellent basketball team and they have a great following. And we're glad that we were able to put this game together." Both sides were hindered by injuries. Maccabi was without star center Nikola Vujcic, athletic tweener Will Bynum and veteran Tal Burstein, who will miss the opening of the season due to a nagging Achilles heel injury that may require an operation. The Knicks were minus cater Eddy Curry, and Allan Houston, who recently announced a comeback with New York, didn't suit up for the game. "It's great for the NBA and the Euroleague, but this was a long trip for one game," Fizer said after the game.

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