NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Sunday, December 23rd (All times eastern)
Los Angeles Lakers (16-10) at New York Knicks (8-18), 12 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Los Angeles Lakers wrap up a four-game road trip, as they visit the New York Knicks this afternoon at Madison Square Garden.
This is the first of two meetings between the clubs this season. The Lakers are scheduled to host the Knicks on January 29, 2008 at Madison Square Garden.
The Knicks were 2-0 against the Lakers last season. The Lakers have lost two of their last three at New York.
Los Angeles is 2-1 on the swing. On Friday, Andrew Bynum scored a career-high 24 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as the defeated the Philadelphia 76ers, 106-101, at the Wachovia Center.
Derek Fisher finished with 21 points and seven assists for the Lakers, who won despite a quiet 19-point, seven-rebound performance by superstar Kobe Bryant. Lamar Odom had 21 points and 11 rebounds for the Lakers, who have won three of four, and seven of their last nine games overall.
After tonight's contest, the Lakers return home for a five-game homestand. They will host Phoenix, Utah, Boston, Philadelphia and Indiana at the Staples Center on the upcoming stand.
New York returns home after a loss on the road. Gerald Wallace scored 27 points to lead the Charlotte Bobcats to a 105-95 win over the struggling Knicks on Friday at Charlotte Bobcats Arena.
Reserve guard Nate Robinson scored 20 points to lead the Knicks, who followed up Wednesday's impressive 108-90 win at home over Cleveland with their seventh loss in nine games overall. Zach Randolph finished with 15 points and seven rebounds, while David Lee collected a double-double with 11 points and 11 boards in defeat.
Point guard Stephon Marbury, who has been dealing with the death of his father, is questionable for the Knicks. Marbury has missed the last two games. The Georgia Tech product is averaging 13.6 points and a team-best 4.7 assists per game.
The Knicks are 7-8 at home this season. They will visit Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic on Wednesday at Amway Arena.
12/23 10:27:37 ET