NBA Preview from The Sports Network |
Saturday, December 23rd
(All times eastern)
New York Knicks (12-17) at Philadelphia 76ers (6-19), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - Atlantic Division rivals square off tonight, as the new-
look Philadelphia 76ers visit the streaking New York Knicks at the Wachovia
This is the first of four meetings between the clubs this season.
New York has lost eight of its last 11 at Philadelphia. The 76ers have won
three in a row in this series.
The Sixers are expected to finally have newly-acquired Andre Miller and Joe
Smith in uniform tonight. The pair were obtained from Denver on Tuesday along
with a pair of first-round picks for All-Star Allen Iverson and Ivan McFarlin.
Miller is averaging 13 points per game and 9.1 assists in 23 games this season
and is expected to take over at point guard for Philadelphia, while Smith will
most likely contribute in a reserve role.
On Friday, Andre Iguodala netted a career-high 31 points and dished out nine
assists as Philadelphia snapped its 12-game losing streak by downing the
Boston Celtics, 98-83, at TD Banknorth Garden.
The 76ers' picked up their first win in the post-Iverson era and also snapped
a 10-game road losing streak. Philadelphia's 12-game skid was its longest
since a 13-game slide in 1996-97, Iverson's rookie season.
Samuel Dalembert, Kyle Korver and Kevin Ollie all had 14 points in the victory
over Boston for the Sixers, while Dalembert also pulled down 12 rebounds and
Ollie dished eight assists.
Philadelphia is just 3-7 at home this season. After tonight's contest, the
Sixers will embark on a season-long seven-game road trip. They are scheduled
to visit the Golden State Warriors, Sacramento Kings, Portland Trail Blazers,
Los Angeles Lakers, Denver Nuggets, Utah Jazz and Minnesota Timberwolves.
New York attempts to extend its season-best winning streak to four games.
Jamal Crawford scored 30 points as the Knicks recorded their first three-game
win streak under head coach Isiah Thomas, beating the Chicago Bulls 103-92 on
Friday at Madison Square Garden.
Stephon Marbury added 19 points and eight assists, while Eddy Curry had 20
points in the win over Chicago for the Knicks, who haven't lost since opening
a 123-100 setback to Denver that resulted in a now infamous brawl in the
closing minutes of the contest.
Channing Frye tallied 15 points and 12 boards, and David Lee had 12 points and
14 rebounds for New York. The last time New York won more than three straight
was January 1-13, 2006 when it won six in a row.
The Knicks are 5-7 on the road this season. They will host Chauncey Billups
and the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday at MSG.
12/23 10:43:33 ET