NBA Preview from The Sports Network|
Friday, February 28th
(All times Eastern)
Golden State Warriors (35-23) at New York Knicks (21-37), 8 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The New York Knicks will try to put a halt to a four-
game losing streak Friday night when they welcome the Golden State Warriors to
Madison Square Garden.
The Knicks, who've dropped two straight at home and are only 12-19 in Madison
Square Garden, fell in Miami to the two-time defending champion Heat, 108-82
The Heat's Hall of Fame duo of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade combined for 54
points to give the Knicks their seventh loss in the last eight games.
Carmelo Anthony poured in 29 points and Tyson Chandler put up a heroic 19-
point, 16-rebound performance. J.R. Smith finished with 11 and no other Knicks
player had more than six points.
New York trailed by 16 in the second quarter but chipped away at the deficit
and pulled within 55-50 at the break.
Hopes of a comeback quickly dwindled in the third, however, as they were
outscored by a 32-14 margin as a result of Miami hitting 12-of-17 (70.6
percent) of their shots.
"We just didn't respond," New York head coach Mike Woodson admitted. "It was
like we went blank and stopped playing."
Raymond Felton, just two days after being arrested on gun charges, started and
played almost 31 minutes, but shot 1-for-7 en route to just two points.
The Knicks hit the road on Sunday to begin a three-game trip with stops in
Chicago, Detroit and Minnesota. New York has lost three straight and eight of
its last nine as the visitor.
The Warriors will be visitors for at least the next week. Golden State
embarked on a six-game eastern swing, beating the Detroit Pistons on Monday,
then losing in Chicago on Wednesday.
The Warriors make stops in Toronto, Indiana and Boston before returning home.
On Wednesday, the Bulls romped over the Warriors, 103-83.
Stephen Curry scored 34 points on 13-of-19 shooting in a 102-87 drubbing of
the Bulls on Feb. 6, but managed just five points on 2-of-10 shooting from the
floor in Wednesday's setback, which snapped Golden State's four-game win
Jordan Crawford contributed 16 points, while Harrison Barnes and David Lee,
who had missed the Warriors' last two games with a stomach flu, added 11
points apiece in the loss.
"My timing was a little off," Lee admitted. "I was definitely more winded and
20 minutes felt like 55 minutes. That is usually going to happen for the first
The Warriors have taken six of the last eight meetings between the teams and
two of the last three at Madison Square Garden.
02/28 10:32:16 ET