NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, January 1st (All times eastern)
New Jersey Nets (10-18) at New York Knicks (16-13), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The New York Knicks try for their fourth straight win this evening when they continue their three-game homestand versus the New Jersey Nets at Madison Square Garden.
The Knicks' latest win came on Wednesday, as Stephon Marbury poured in a game- high 32 points with 11 assists and New York used a decisive fourth-quarter run to put away Minnesota, 100-87.
Nazr Mohammed collected 19 points with nine boards, while Kurt Thomas added 14 points for New York, which has won seven of 10 overall.
Tim Thomas chipped in 10 points for the Knicks, who shot 54 percent from the floor in the win. Allan Houston, though, had one of his worst games since returning from a knee injury on December 10 as he finished with just seven points on 2-of-11 shooting.
The Knicks are now three games over the .500 mark for the first time since the end of the 2000-01 season. They are also 3-0 since guard Jamal Crawford was placed on the injured list with turf toe.
After scoring just 38 points in a three-game stretch, Marbury, who declared himself the best point guard in the NBA on Friday, has posted back- to-back games of 34 and 32 points, respectively, and has shot 25-of-40 from the field in those contests.
New York, which will wrap up its homestand against the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday, has won 10 of its last 13 at home and is 10-4 at home on the year.
New Jersey, meanwhile, comes in on a losing note after it lost to the Indiana Pacers, 96-83, on Thursday at Continental Airlines Arena. Newly acquired Vince Carter made his home debut in New Jersey and netted 25 points for the Nets, who fell for the second time in five outings.
Richard Jefferson and Rodney Buford each scored 20 points, while Jason Kidd collected 11 rebounds and 10 assists in the losing effort.
The Nets only shot 38 percent from the floor and turned the ball over 19 times.
Carter has scored 23 or more points in his three games with New Jersey and is averaging 24.3 points, six rebounds and 3.3 assists as a Net.
New Jersey, which will be starting a three-game road trip tonight, has dropped 10 of its last 13 on the road and is just 4-10 away from home this season.
The Knicks defeated the Nets earlier in the season, but has dropped six of eight and 12 of the last 15 meetings. New Jersey has also had success at MSG, where it has won five of seven.
01/01 10:07:06 ET