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Friday, March 25th (All times eastern)

New York Knicks (29-37) at Seattle SuperSonics (47-20), 10:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The playoff hopeful New York Knicks start an important four-game road trip tonight, as they visit the Northwest Division-leading Seattle SuperSonics at KeyArena.

The Knicks are 3 1/2 games behind the Philadelphia 76ers for the eighth and final spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race, while Seattle owns a comfortable 10-game lead over the Denver Nuggets in the Northwest Division and is currently the No. 3 seed in the West.

This will be the second and final meeting of the season between the clubs. On March 13th, Seattle defeated the Knicks, 90-80, at Madison Square Garden. With the victory, the SuperSonics snapped a six-game series road losing streak.

Overall, the Sonics have won three of the last four contests in this series, while New York has won five of the last eight meetings. The Knicks have lost two straight and three of their last four at Seattle.

The Knicks come into tonight's contest on a two-game winning streak. On Wednesday, Jamal Crawford scored 21 points to lead six players in double- digit scoring as New York halted Boston's seven-game winning streak by routing the Celtics, 107-82, at Madison Square Garden.

Rookie Trevor Ariza netted 14 and Tim Thomas netted 13, while Maurice Taylor came off the bench to contribute a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds in the win over the Celtics for New York, which has won three of its last four overall. Point guard Stephon Marbury chipped in 12 points and seven assists and Malik Rose contributed 10 points in the victory.

New York, which has allowed under 100 points in 11 of its last 14 games, is a brutal 8-23 on the road this season. The Knicks have lost five of their last six on the road and are 2-14 in their last 16 as the visitor.

The Knicks will also visit the Portland Trail Blazers, Golden State Warriors and the Los Angeles Lakers on the current swing.

The Sonics return home to play the first of a brief two-game homestand. On Thursday, Damien Wilkins scored a career-high 21 points, including the final seven of the game, to lead Seattle o a 96-91 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers at the Rose Garden. All-Star Ray Allen totaled 19 points and eight rebounds for Seattle, which has won four straight games.

Seattle, which is 11-3 in Friday games this season, is 23-11 at home.

The Sonics, who are scheduled to host the Washington Wizards on Sunday, have won two in a row at KeyArena and are 5-5 in their last 10 as the host.

03/25 10:05:57 ET

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