Brown already has used three different starting lineups with no success as the Knicks are off to their worst start since losing the first five games of the 1987-88 season.
New York played well in opening a 10-point halftime lead but scored only 34 points in the final two quarters of a 95-83 defeat Wednesday at Portland.
“We came out and played like we were up by 50 points,” Knicks point guard Stephon Marbury said. “We didn’t play with any sense of urgency in the second half.”
Marbury, who had 13 points and five turnovers, has struggled making the transition to being a pass-first point guard under Brown. He is averaging a team-high 5.0 assists but has an assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.33-to-1 through four games. Marbury entered the season with a career ratio of nearly 2.6-to-1.
The Knicks are last in the league in turnovers at 20.8 per game and second-to-last in scoring (94.5 ppg), field goal percentage (39.3) and 3-point percentage (23.7). They are 3-for-28 (10.7 percent) from beyond the arc in the last three games.
Golden State, looking to sweep the series with New York for the third time in four seasons, came within a last-second shot of sweeping a three-game road trip for the first time in nearly 13 years.
Jason Richardson scored 15 points on Wednesday, but missed an 8-footer as time expired in the Warriors’ 85-84 loss at Chicago.
“The ball’s in my hands, I’m one of the go-to guys on the team, and I have to find a way to get that ball in the basket—plain and simple,” said Richardson, who thought he was fouled on the drive and yelled at the referees after the game.
“The team depends on me to get the ball in the basket. They are not depending on me to get a foul. So the next time, I have to make sure the ball is in the basket.”
Point guard Baron Davis scored 17 points but made just 6 of 16 shots. In three games since returning from a hamstring injury, Davis has shot 35.3 percent (18-for-51).
The Warriors have won six of the last seven meetings with the Knicks, including three straight at home.
STANDINGS (through Nov. 10): Knicks - 4th place (tied), 2 1/2 GB, Atlantic Division. Warriors - 2nd place (tied), 1 1/2 GB, Pacific Division.
TEAM LEADERS: Knicks - Marbury, 17.3 ppg and 5.0 apg; Lee, 8.5 rpg. Warriors - Richardson, 21.6 ppg and 7.4 rpg; Davis, 9.0 apg.
SEASON SERIES: Warriors, 1-0.
LAST MEETING: Sunday; Warriors, 83-81. At New York, Richardson scored 24 points and Davis added 16 and nine assists despite a strained hamstring. Marbury had 15 points for the Knicks, who shot 39.5 percent from the field and missed all 13 of their 3-point attempts.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Knicks - 0-2 on the road; Warriors - 1-1 at home.