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Saturday, February 10th (All times eastern)

New York Knicks (22-28) at Utah Jazz (32-17), 9 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The New York Knicks begin a three-game road trip when they visit the streaking Utah Jazz tonight at EnergySolutions Arena.

This is the second and final meeting of the campaign between the squads. On December 18th, Stephon Marbury hit the game-winning layup as the clock expired in overtime, lifting the Knicks over the Jazz, 97-96, at Madison Square Garden.

New York has won two straight and four of its last five at Utah. The Knicks have won five straight in the series.

The Knicks enter tonight's contest on a two-game winning streak. Jamal Crawford scored 23 points, hitting a pair of key three-pointers down the stretch, as New York rallied to beat the Los Angeles Clippers, 102-90, on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden.

Eddy Curry also had 23 points and grabbed eight rebounds in the win over the Clippers for New York, which has won consecutive games for the first time since winning three in a row early in January. David Lee contributed 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Knicks, who held the Clippers to just 11 third-quarter points as they turned a 10-point deficit into a 10-point lead.

Marbury scored 12 of his 15 points during the third quarter, as New York won its third straight at MSG.

New York is 9-15 on the road this season. The Knicks will visit the Lakers on Tuesday and the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday before moving into the All- Star break.

Utah has won three in a row and plays the second of a four-game homestand. Mehmet Okur poured in 20 points and Derek Fisher netted 19 as the Jazz hung on to beat the Chicago Bulls, 100-95, on Monday at EnergySolutions Arena.

Deron Williams scored 18 points and dished out 13 assists in the win over Chicago for the Jazz, who have won two in a row at home. Matt Harpring ended with 13 points and nine boards, while Gordan Giricek scored 12 in the victory.

On the injury front for Utah, forward Andrei Kirilenko (back spasms) is questionable for tonight's contest. All-Star Carlos Boozer is still sidelined with a hairline fracture in his left leg.

The Jazz are 18-6 at home this season. They are scheduled to host the Atlanta Hawks on Monday and the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday.

02/10 10:45:30 ET


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