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Stephon Marbury (AP Photo)
Stephon Marbury (AP Photo)
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Stephon Marbury was better than his rookie cousin this time, but that wasn't enough to get the New York Knicks out of their road slump.

Damon Stoudamire had 25 points and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Knicks 103-96 Saturday night, winning for only the second time since Kevin Pritchard took over as coach.

Tim Thomas had 30 points and Marbury added 21 points and 11 assists for the Knicks, who have lost 16 of their last 18 road games.

Marbury was matched against Sebastian Telfair, his 19-year-old relative with whom he has had a frosty relationship in the past, for the first time since Portland made Telfair a starter earlier this month.

With New York falling out of the playoff race and Portland in rebuilding mode, the rivalry between to the two Coney Island playground stars took center stage.

Telfair, the 13th overall pick in last year's draft out of Abraham Lincoln High in New York, played 25 minutes, but had an unremarkable night, with six points and six assists.

"It's a lot more fun (playing against Marbury)," Telfair said. " Whenever you go out there and compete and play, and get a win, it feels good."

New York fell five games behind idle Philadelphia for eighth place in the Eastern Conference.

"Right now it's hard to think about how far out of the playoffs we are," Marbury said. "We were probably a bit flat tonight, but this is the NBA and that happens."

Wins have been hard to come by for the Blazers, who have been auditioning younger players with an eye towards next season since firing coach Maurice Cheeks on March 2.

Shareef Abdur-Rahim had 17 points and Ruben Patterson had 16 for Portland, which broke a seven-game losing streak and improved to 2-11 under interim coach Pritchard. Second-year player Travis Outlaw had 14 points on 7-of-9 shooting, the latest in a stretch of encouraging performances. He also had seven rebounds, two blocks and two steals.

"Anyone of the eight guys who played tonight could have been player of the game," Pritchard said, "but if I had to pick one, it would be Travis Outlaw. He was unbelievable."

The Blazers had Telfair guarding Marbury for stretches early in the game, but as Marbury heated up in the second half, Patterson and Stoudamire were given the task.

It didn't help much -- Marbury scored 14 in the fourth quarter, several times bringing the Knicks back when they fell behind.

Portland led 91-88 with 5:37 left, when Marbury drove to the hoop, drawing a foul. He made two free throws, getting the Knicks within one.

Then, with just over two minutes to go, he hit a floater in the lane to cut the lead to 97-94.

Telfair missed a jumper with 1:35 left and exited the game. But Patterson made two free throws for the Blazers, and Thomas lost the ball on the way up to a dunk. From there it unraveled for New York. Marbury picked up a technical and Portland hit free throws to close out the game.

Malik Rose had 15 points for the Knicks. Joel Przybilla had 11 points and 15 rebounds for Portland, which shot 52 percent for the game.

Stoudamire had 13 points in the first quarter, hitting three 3-pointers as the Blazers took a 26-22 lead. Outlaw scored six straight points and Abdur-Rahim had a dunk to increase the lead to 10 as Portland took a 52-42 advantage into halftime.

The Knicks opened up the third quarter with a 10-2 run. After New York tied it up at 52, Portland got the lead back, but never pulled away.

Notes:
The Blazers have beaten the Knicks the last five times in Portland. ... Telfair and Marbury hugged just before tip-off and Marbury playfully swatted his younger cousin on the head. Both have said this week that they are getting along fine now. ... Derek Anderson, who played significant minutes in Portland's last two games, sat out with back spasms. Theo Ratliff (sore shoulder) missed his second straight game.

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