NEW YORK – The New York Knicks spent the first half looking like the team they have been for too long: inconsistent on offense and ineffective on defense. Then suddenly, they turned into the team they think they can become. “When you’re on the road you can’t do that, because we all know teams will get back in it, start making some shots and getting their team back in it,” Thomas said. “They just turned it up and started making shots. They kept cutting into the lead and once they got the lead it was catch-up ball for us from there on out.” The Clippers got within threepoints in the fourth quarter, but New York regained control behind Crawford, who scored 10 points in the period. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Stephon Marbury scored 12of his 15 points in an early second-half run that overwhelmed the Clippers and turned the game around, sending New York to a 102-90 victory Tuesday night. Jamal Crawford and Eddy Curry each scored 23 points to lead New York, which shot poorly and defended worse in the first two quarters before controlling the second half of its second consecutive victory. New York never led in the first half and trailed by as many as 12 points. But the Knicks stormed out of halftime with a 24-4 spurt, turning a 10-point deficit into a 10-point lead in a span of 9 minutes and handing the Clippers their second straight loss. Elton Brand had 22 points and 13 rebounds for the Clippers, who lost for the third time in 10 games and fell to 1-2 on their seven-game Eastern trip. Reserve Tim Thomas also had 22 points. “I thought that unfortunately the way we started the third quarter was the difference in the game,” Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy said. “Came out and went 0 for our first seven possessions and then made some defensive mistakes the other way, gave them some momentum.” Down 53-43 at halftime, New York scored the first 10 points of the second half, tying the score after the second of Marbury’s two consecutive layups with 8:24 remaining. The Clippers started the second half 2 for 15 from the floor and had three turnovers after shooting 54 percent in the first half. They were only 4 for 19(21 percent) in the third quarter, getting outscored 27-11 as New York took a 70-64 lead into the fourth.