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Friday, December 15th (All times eastern)

New York Knicks (9-15) at Indiana Pacers (12-12), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The New York Knicks hit the road tonight as they take on the Indiana Pacers at Conseco Fieldhouse.

New York went 3-3 on a six-game homestand and defeated the Atlanta Hawks by a 94-82 score on Wednesday at Madison Square Garden. Eddy Curry posted his 11th straight game with at least 20 points, recording 20 with 10 rebounds to lead New York.

Jared Jeffries made his first start in his second game since returning from a left wrist injury and added 15 points with seven rebounds for New York. Stephon Marbury and Nate Robinson each had 13 points for the Knicks, who led by as many as 30 points in the fourth quarter before resting most of their starters.

The Knicks are 1 1/2 games out first place in the Atlantic Division and are 5-6 away from Madison Square Garden this season. New York, which is 4-9 as the host in 2006-07, will return home to face Denver, Utah, Charlotte and Chicago after competing with the Pacers.

Meanwhile, the Pacers ended a two-game losing streak with Wednesday's 101-90 triumph over the visiting Detroit Pistons. Indiana is 1-0 on a three-game homestand and 7-2 at Conseco Fieldhouse this season.

Jermaine O'Neal had a big impact in his return to the Indiana lineup with 26 points and 14 rebounds in a win over Detroit. O'Neal, who had missed the last three contests with a sore left hamstring, went 8-of-17 from the floor and made all 10 of his free throws.

Jamaal Tinsley had 21 points and Stephen Jackson came back from a team- imposed one-game suspension to post 14 points. Al Harrington, who missed Monday's loss at Chicago due to a viral infection, tallied 16 points for the Pacers, who will close out the homestand versus Utah on Sunday. Indiana is also 2 1/2 games behind Cleveland for the lead in the Central Division.

Indiana defeated New York already this season, 109-95, on November 4th at Madison Square Garden. Both squads split four meetings last year, but the Pacers have won six of 10 and 10 of the previous 15 meetings.

New York has lost nine of 11 and 15 of its last 18 at Conseco Fieldhouse.

12/15 10:41:32 ET

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