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Saturday, December 17th (All times eastern)

Indiana Pacers (13-8) at New York Knicks (6-16), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The New York Knicks try and put the brakes on a five-game losing streak this evening when they start a four-game homestand against the Indiana Pacers at Madison Square Garden.

The struggling Knicks may have hit rock-bottom on Friday, as they were handled quite easily by the equally atrocious Atlanta Hawks, 122-111, at Philips Arena.

Jamal Crawford scored 23 points for New York, which fell 10 games under .500 (6-16) for the season. Stephon Marbury added 21 points for the Knicks, who allowed 71 points in the first half and never led in the game.

New York also allowed Atlanta to hit on 63-percent of its shots - the highest percentage in the league this season.

To make matters worse center Eddy Curry missed the game after spraining his ankle in practice on Thursday. He will miss tonight's contest and could be sidelined up to a week.

The Knicks, who will also host San Antonio, Utah and New Jersey on this homestand, are 3-5 in their building this season.

Indiana, meanwhile, comes in on a winning note after Jermaine O'Neal scored 27 points and pulled down 11 rebounds to lead the Pacers over the Utah Jazz, 93-83, on Friday at Conseco Fieldhouse.

Stephen Jackson and Austin Croshere each contributed 16 points and Sarunas Jasikevicius chipped in with 11 points for the Pacers, who have won three of their last four games.

The Pacers, who continue to play without Ron Artest, are 5-5 away from home this season.

New York split its four meetings with Indiana last season and could have the advantage tonight, as the home team in this series has won five of seven and 12 of the last 16 meetings. The Pacers, though, have won three of five in MSG.

12/17 12:15:41 ET

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