NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, November 13th (All times eastern)
New York Knicks (2-2) at Indiana Pacers (4-2), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The New York Knicks will attempt to string together their third straight win tonight, when they open up a four-game road trip against the Indiana Pacers at Conseco Fieldhouse.
New York has recovered from an ugly 0-2 start to win its last two contests, including a 110-96 win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night at Madison Square Garden. Stephon Marbury had 21 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds to pace New York to the win.
Jamal Crawford added 19 points for the Knicks in the win. Crawford and Marbury combined to shoot 12-of-24 from the field, including 4-of-7 from three-point range and 12-of-14 from the line. New York had a total of six players score in double figures and shot 50 percent from the field.
Tim Thomas tallied 15 points, Mike Sweetney chipped in with 14 points and nine boards, and Jerome Williams had 12 points for New York, which recorded a season-high in points scored. Anfernee Hardaway rounded out the double-figure scorers with 11.
The Knicks went 26-of-29 from the free throw line, while posting their first wire-to-wire win since January 10, 2004 against Milwaukee.
New York, which was supposed to sign free agent Eddie Robinson to a one-year deal before he failed a physical on Friday, will maintain an 11-man roster until Jamison Brewer or Bruno Sundov comes of the injured list. The Knicks are one man short after waiving Shandon Anderson on Wednesday.
The Knicks dropped their only road game of the year on opening night, falling 99-93 at the Target Center.
Indiana is reeling with consecutive losses and a laundry list of injured players. The Pacers suited up the league minimum of eight players in Friday night's 106-104 overtime loss Philadelphia in the City of Brotherly Love.
Jermaine O'Neal poured in a career-high 39 points before fouling out early in the overtime for the Pacers, who have dropped back-to-back games after starting the season with four straight wins.
In his return, Ron Artest added 29 points, six rebounds and five helpers after missing Indiana's previous two games for what head coach Rick Carlisle termed "compromising the integrity of the team."
The Pacers were without center Scot Pollard (sore back), forward Jonathan Bender (viral infection), guard Fred Jones (quad strain) and center John Edwards (personal reasons). Not to mention, Reggie Miller (hand), Anthony Johnson (hand) and Jeff Foster (hip) are also out.
Jones, Pollard and Bender could return in time for tonight's game, which is Indiana's fourth in five days.
Indiana has split its first two home tilts, including Wednesday's franchise- worst 102-68 defeat to the Los Angeles Clippers at Conseco.
The Pacers have won five of six and seven of the last nine meetings in this series. Nonetheless, the home team has taken 10 of the last 12 meetings overall. All-time, New York owns a 71-53 advantage in this series.
11/13 10:09:25 ET