NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Tuesday, January 26th (All times eastern)
Minnesota Timberwolves (9-36) at New York Knicks (17-26), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - A pair of teams coming off massive blowout losses meet in Gotham Tuesday as the New York Knicks welcome the Minnesota Timberwolves to Madison Square Garden.
The Knicks fell to 0-2 on a four-game homestand Sunday when Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Terry led seven players in double figures with 20 points apiece, as the Dallas Mavericks demolished New York, 128-78, sending the Knicks to their worst home loss in franchise history and second worst setback ever.
Despite being without guard Jason Kidd (personal reasons) and center Erick Dampier (knee). the Mavericks made 58.1 percent of their shots, including 12- of-22 from three-point territory. It was their largest margin of victory in team history, surpassing a 45-point win at Golden State on January 15, 1985.
Jared Jeffries finished with a team-high 14 points and David Lee donated 11 points to go along with 14 boards for the Knicks, who fell 115-105 to the reigning NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers on Friday in the opener of their residency.
New York, which has dropped four of five overall, suffered a 43-point home loss, 111-68, to Charlotte on Jan. 21, 2002. The Knicks' all-time worst defeat came on December 25, 1960, a 162-100 drubbing at Syracuse.
"It's frustrating to see the other team getting easy buckets and their bench getting excited," Lee said. "It's always fun when you are on the other end of it and you're the team doing that."
The Knicks will finish their current homestand vs. Toronto on Thursday.
The Wolves, meanwhile, were trounced by Milwaukee on Saturday in the opener of a three-game road trip. Carlos Delfino was at the head of a high- powered Bucks attack with 24 points and a career-best eight assists in that one, as Milwaukee throttled Minnesota, 127-94.
The 33-point disparity was buoyed by a poor 38.4-percent shooting effort by Minnesota.
Rookie Jonny Flynn recorded 20 points and five assists for the Timberwolves, who have dropped seven of their last eight games. Corey Brewer had 18 points and Kevin Love 17 with 12 rebounds.
"Our guys were not able to sustain the energy and intensity," Minnesota coach Kurt Rambis said.
The Wolves, who are just 3-19 as the visitor on the year, have dropped seven straight away from Minneapolis. Minnesota hasn't won away from Target Center since a 103-99 triumph at New Jersey on Dec. 23.
The Timberwolves have won in six of their last their last eight trips to Madison Square Garden.
01/26 10:31:29 ET