NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, November 22nd (All times eastern)
New York Knicks (4-8) at Minnesota Timberwolves (3-6), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - Two teams with two-game losing streaks meet tonight, as the Minnesota Timberwolves welcome the New York Knicks to the Target Center.
New York plays the first of a brief two-game road trip. All-Star center Yao Ming scored 26 points, grabbed nine rebounds and blocked three shots to lead the Houston Rockets over the Knicks, 97-90, at Madison Square Garden.
Jamal Crawford had 25 points and Channing Frye tallied a season-best 22 points with nine boards for New York, which has dropped five of its last seven games overall. The starting backcourt of Stephon Marbury and Steve Francis combined for just 10 points and six assists in defeat.
The Knicks are 3-3 on the road this season. They are scheduled to visit Paul Pierce and the Boston Celtics on Friday at TD Banknorth Garden.
Minnesota plays the finale of a short two-game homestand. On Saturday, Chris Paul scored 35 points, but it was Peja Stojakovic who was the hero, as he hit a three-pointer with 0.6 seconds left to lift the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets to a thrilling 99-96 win over the Timberwolves at the Target Center.
Kevin Garnett led the Timberwolves with 22 points and 17 rebounds in the loss to the Hornets, while Troy Hudson was 4-for-5 from beyond the arc and ended with 20 points off the bench in defeat.
Mark Blount scored 14 and pulled down seven boards for the Timberwolves, who have lost six of their last seven games overall. Ricky Davis netted 11 for Minnesota.
The Timberwolves are 2-2 at home this season. They will visit the Hornets on Friday at the Ford Center.
New York has lost two straight and four of its last five at Minnesota. The Timberwolves have captured four of the last five contests in this series.
Minnesota will visit the Knicks on April 6th at Madison Square Garden for the second and final time this season.
11/22 11:08:48 ET