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Monday, February 28th (All times eastern)

Los Angeles Lakers (28-26) at New York Knicks (23-33), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The seemingly revitalized New York Knicks shoot for their first three-game winning streak since late December tonight, when they host the Los Angeles Lakers at Madison Square Garden.

New York has won three of its last four overall, including a 90-79 victory over Indiana on Saturday night at MSG. Stephon Marbury scored 21 points and Jamal Crawford finished with 17 in the winning effort for the Knicks.

Kurt Thomas compiled 16 points and nine rebounds in the victory. Tim Thomas chipped in 11 points in the contest.

Newly acquired forwards Maurice Taylor and Malik Rose made their debuts for the Knicks. Taylor posted two points in five minutes of action, while Rose added two points in nine minutes.

Taylor was acquired from the Houston Rockets in exchange for forward Vin Baker, guard Moochie Norris and a 2006 second-round pick. Meanwhile, Rose and conditional first-round draft choices in 2005 and 2006 came from San Antonio for center Nazr Mohammed and guard Jamison Brewer.

The Knicks shot a solid 48.6 percent from the field, including 2-of-3 (.667) from three-point range. New York drained 16-of-24 (.667) from the free throw line and outrebounded the Pacers, 43-32.

New York, which is 16-12 at home this season, has won four straight and five of its last six home tilts. The Knicks will be finishing up a three-game homestand this evening.

Los Angeles is headed in the opposite direction with consecutive losses, including a 108-102 defeat to the Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre on Sunday afternoon. Kobe Bryant led the way for Los Angeles with 31 points, eight rebounds and eight assists in the defeat.

Chucky Atkins poured in 22 points and Lamar Odom added 13 before fouling out in the defeat. Jumaine Jones tacked on 11 points and seven rebounds in the contest.

The Lakers shot 51.3 percent from the field, including 9-of-18 (.500) from three-point range. Los Angeles drained 13-of-16 (.813) from the free throw line.

Los Angeles cost itself dearly in the loss, as it committed 18 turnovers which led to 18 Raptors points. The Lakers did outrebound the Raptors, 43-40, in the defeat.

Los Angeles, which is just 9-15 on the road, has dropped three of their last four road tilts. The Lakers are in the middle of a three-game road swing which will end Wednesday in Boston.

The Lakers have won two straight and five of the last six meetings in this series. Los Angeles has won three in a row and four of its last five trips to the Big Apple.

02/28 10:22:05 ET

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