NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, January 9th (All times eastern)
Houston Rockets (18-17) at New York Knicks (9-24), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The New York Knicks will try for just their third winning streak of the season when they open a four-game homestand tonight versus the Houston Rockets at Madison Square Garden.
New York ended a seven-game slide with Tuesday's 105-100 victory over the Chicago Bulls at the United Center. Stephon Marbury scored 18 points to go along with five assists for the Knicks, who won for the second time over their previous 10 games.
Eddy Curry scored a game-high 29 points and grabbed eight rebounds, while Jamal Crawford added 24 points with five assists in the win. New York, which has lost three straight at home, is 7-11 as the host this season.
The Knicks will also welcome Toronto, Detroit and Washington to the Big Apple on their current homestand.
Houston, meanwhile, has won three in a row overall and will wrap up a brief two-game road trip on Wednesday. The Rockets have won two straight on the road and are 10-11 away from the Toyota Center this season.
In Tuesday's 92-84 victory over the Washington Wizards at the Verizon Center, Yao Ming led the way with 21 points, nine rebounds and four assists. Luther Head scored 24 points for Houston, which has defeated Washington five straight times. Rafer Alston had 15 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds in the win.
Houston just recorded a 103-91 win over the Knicks on Saturday at the Toyota Center, and has won six straight, eight of nine and nine of the last 12 matchups in the series.
The Rockets have also won four in a row at Madison Square Garden.
01/09 10:42:03 ET