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Friday, December 14th (All times eastern)

New York Knicks (6-15) at Chicago Bulls (7-13), 8:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The struggling New York Knicks try to put the brakes on a four-game losing streak when they visit the Chicago Bulls tonight at the United Center.

This is the second meeting of the campaign between the squads. On November 24th, Eddy Curry scored 21 points and Zach Randolph netted 20 as the Knicks earned an 85-78 victory over the Bulls at Madison Square Garden.

The Knicks have won two of the last three contests in the series. New York has lost six straight and 11 of its last 12 at Chicago.

New York hits the road after going 0-3 on a three-game homestand. On Wednesday, rookie phenom Kevin Durant poured in 30 points and the Seattle SuperSonics downed the Knicks, 117-110, at Madison Square Garden.

Jamal Crawford scored 29 points in the loss for the Knicks, who have dropped four straight and six of their last eight games overall. Randolph scored a season-high 27 points and grabbed 16 rebounds, while David Lee added 16 points and seven boards.

Stephon Marbury sat out for the second straight game. Marbury's father, Donald, died on December 2. Marbury played in the first two games following his father's funeral, but has missed the last two contests.

Forward Quentin Richardson (strained right knee tendon) is questionable for New York. Richardson is averaging 7.2 points and 6.4 rebounds this season for the Knicks.

The Knicks are 1-8 on the road this season. After tonight's game, they return to MSG for a three-game homestand versus New Jersey, Indiana and Cleveland.

Chicago also tries to get back on the winning track, as it opens a two-game homestand. Kareem Rush scored 22 points off the bench to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 117-102 win over the Bulls on Wednesday at Conseco Fieldhouse.

Ben Gordon scored 18 points for the Bulls, who have lost two of their last three games overall. Joe Smith finished with 16 points and Kirk Hinrich netted 11 in defeat.

The Bulls are scheduled to host superstar Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday at the United Center.

12/14 10:45:16 ET

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