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Marbury's father dies during Knicks' loss to Suns

NEW YORK -- Don Marbury, the father of Knicks point guard
Stephon Marbury, died Sunday night during the team's home loss to
the Phoenix Suns.

Team spokesman Jonathan Supranowitz said no other information
was immediately available, other than that Don Marbury wasn't at
Madison Square Garden when he died. Stephon Marbury was escorted
out the arena by security shortly after the game.

The New York Times reported on its Web site, citing an
unidentified person, that Marbury's father had chest pains when he
was taken from the arena.

Stephon Marbury, whose aunt recently died, scored 21 points
Sunday night.

He dressed quickly without speaking to reporters, except for
yelling, "Jesus, that's how!" back into the locker room as he
left.

Marbury has endured a tough first month of the season. His aunt,
on his mother's side of the family, died Nov. 19. Marbury said at
the time he also had another recent death in his family.

He also left the team during a road trip when coach Isiah Thomas
was considering removing him from the starting lineup. A New York
native, Marbury has heard boos ever since then at Madison Square
Garden.

It was not known if Marbury would play Wednesday night when the
Knicks visit the New Jersey Nets.

Don and Mabel Marbury had six other children, four sons and two
daughters.