NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Tuesday, February 1st (All times eastern)
New York Knicks (18-26) at Denver Nuggets (19-25), 9 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Denver Nuggets will look to remain unbeaten under new coach George Karl tonight, when they return home to host the struggling New York Knicks at the Pepsi Center.
Denver has won its first two contests since Karl took over for interim coach Michael Cooper. On Saturday, the Nuggets registered a 95-88 victory over the Indiana Pacers at Conseco Fieldhouse to close out a five-game road trip.
Kenyon Martin scored 25 points to spur the Nuggets to the victory. Carmelo Anthony added 15 points while Marcus Camby had 13 along with 12 rebounds as the Nuggets snapped a near 10-year winless streak in Indiana.
Bryon Russell chipped in 13 points off the bench for Denver, which last emerged triumphant in the Hoosier State on March 31, 1995.
The Nuggets had lost the first three of their five-game road trip before Friday's 106-100 win at Milwaukee in Karl's debut. Denver is now 7-16 on the road, while owning a 12-9 mark at the Pepsi Center. The Nuggets have won two of their last three home games overall.
Denver shot an impressive 50 percent in the contest, including 1-of-2 (.500) from three-point range. The Nuggets drained 30-of-34 (.882) from the free throw line.
New York continues to struggle with 13 losses in its last 15 games, including a 96-89 defeat to the Los Angeles Clippers at the Staples Center on Monday night. The Knicks have won just once in five games since head coach Lenny Wilkens resigned and Herb Williams took over the reins.
The Knicks finished the month of January with just two wins in 15 games, marking their worst month in their 59-year franchise history. New York went 3-14 in March 1986 and January 1963.
Stephon Marbury led the Knicks with 20 points. Jamal Crawford added 19 and Kurt Thomas had 11 with 15 rebounds for New York in the defeat.
The Knicks continued to play without Allan Houston, who is on the injured list with a chronically sore left knee. New York is 10-14 without Houston on the court.
New York has been particularly bad in the Pacific time zone as of late, dropping 13 consecutive contests. The Knicks, who are currently on a six-game road trip, are just 6-15 in foreign buildings this season.
New York registered a 107-96 victory over the Nuggets on December 12 at Madison Square Garden. The Knicks have won 10 of 15 and 13 of their last 19 meetings overall, but have dropped three of four in Denver.
02/01 10:13:48 ET