NBA Preview from The Sports Network|
Friday, November 29th
(All times Eastern)
New York Knicks (3-11) at Denver Nuggets (8-6), 9 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Denver Nuggets look to take advantage of a slumping
New York Knicks team when they shoot for a fifth straight win Friday at the
The Nuggets made it four wins in a row with Wednesday's 117-110 victory over
Kevin Love and the Minnesota Timberwolves, as Ty Lawson led eight players in
double figures with 23 points.
Nate Robinson and Wilson Chandler netted 15 and 14 points, respectively, and
Kenneth Faried had 13 points. Jordan Hamilton added 11 and J.J. Hickson, Randy
Foye and Andre Miller all scored 10 points.
"We're starting to get it," Denver head coach Brian Shaw said. "We're starting
to build some momentum."
Denver's bench had a 47-10 advantage and the team shot 51.1 percent as a
whole. The Nuggets reserves rank second in the NBA in points per game (44.3)
and first in rebounds per game (19.6), and have outscored their opponent in 12
of their first 14 games.
The Nuggets took advantage of 17 Minnesota turnovers, scoring 25 points, and
fired back when the Timberwolves pulled within one point on Love's 3-pointer
with 3:57 to go. The Nuggets were coming off a road win at Dallas on Monday
and will play six straight on the east coast after Friday's home tilt.
New York has lost seven in a row and will close out a four-game road trip
Friday. The losing ways continued for the Knicks in Wednesday's 93-80 setback
to the Los Angeles Clippers and Carmelo Anthony led the visitors with 27
points and nine rebounds.
Anthony is second in the NBA in scoring with 26.5 points per game and won the
title last season. Andrea Bargnani posted 20 points and 10 rebounds and
Raymond Felton collected 12 points and seven assists.
New York shot 38.6 percent for the game.
"We had good looks, but we're not making shots," Knicks coach Mike Woodson
said. "Our defense was solid. We have too many gaps right now."
The Knicks are winless in the last four road games and haven't won since Nov.
13 at Atlanta. They are 2-5 away from Madison Square Garden and last lost
eight in a row overall Feb. 5-23, 2009.
New York and Denver split both meetings a season ago and the Nuggets are 7-3
in the past 10 matchups in this series. The Knicks are winless in five
straight and 10 of the last 12 trips to the Rockies.
11/29 10:29:58 ET