NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, February 4th (All times eastern)
New Jersey Nets (8-16) at New York Knicks (8-15), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The New York Knicks will play their third game in as many nights when they entertain the local New Jersey Nets Saturday at Madison Square Garden.
The Knicks have lost the first two of back-to-back-to-back contests and suffered a 91-89 loss in Boston last night. Carmelo Anthony ended with 26 points and six assists for the Knicks, who haven't won in Beantown since a 101-77 victory back on November 24, 2006. Tyson Chandler recorded 20 points and 11 rebounds, while Amare Stoudemire added 16 points and 11 boards for New York, which has dropped 11 of its last 13 games to fall to 8-16 on the season.
"We need to find ways to be consistent all the way through the game. We're not there yet," Knicks head coach Mike D'Antoni said.
New York will take a break after tonight's game and will get back to work Monday versus Utah in the Big Apple. The Knicks are 4-7 in front of their home crowd this season and are playing back-to-back-to-back games for the first time since Mar. 20-22, 1999, when they beat Boston and lost to both Toronto and Atlanta.
New Jersey has lost three of its last four games and dropped a 108-105 decision versus Minnesota last night. Wolves guard Luke Ridnour buried the go- ahead three-pointer with 1:23 remaining, while Anthony Morrow ended with a career-high 42 points and nailed eight three-pointers for the Nets, who went 1-1 on a two-game homestand and failed to build off a recent win over Detroit.
"He was just on fire. Our guys were finding him, setting great screens for him, he was letting it fly," Nets head coach Avery Johnson said of Morrow, who sat out Wednesday�s win over the Pistons with a sore left ankle. "Every play that we drew up for him, he executed it perfectly. I think he was perfect and special tonight. It was a special performance."
The Nets shot 44.2 percent from the field and received 16 points and nine rebounds from Kris Humphries. Deron Williams tallied 12 points and matched a season-high with 14 assists in defeat, while Jordan Farmar added 14 points in a reserve role.
After visiting the Knicks, New Jersey will play two straight and four of five games in the Garden State. The Nets are 5-9 away from Newark.
New York won all four matchups with the Nets a season ago and is 11-5 in the past 16 meetings between the two Atlantic Division foes. The Nets have lost two straight and four of five trips to Madison Square Garden.
02/04 10:56:42 ET