The New York Knicks look to end a four-game West Coast swing with a third straight victory tonight. After topping Sacramento and Golden State already this week, there is a pretty good chance the 5-8 Knicks could get that victory tonight.
That is because they are in Los Angeles to face the woeful 1-2 Los Angeles Clippers, losers of eight straight games.
The Knicks improved to 2-1 on their four-game West coast swing Saturday night whenhad a career-high 35 points and 11 assists to lift New York over the , 125-119.
Amare Stoudemire chipped in 26 points and 11 boards in the victory had 23 points for New York, which has won two straight. .
"We're a very young team, so it's going to take time for us to learn how to win down the stretch," Stoudemire said. "As we learn the offense, as we get used to each other and chemistry starts to develop, we have to find out a way to pull out these type of wins. Tonight was a great effort for us."
The Clippers are playing without starting center Chris Kaman (left ankle sprain) and point guard Baron Davis )knee injury). Eric Gordon leads the Clippers in scoring at 23.2 points per game. Blake Griffin averages 16.5 points and 10.5 rebounds per game.
Interestingly, coach Mike D'Antoni used only eight players Saturday against the Warriors. Ronny Turiaf started at center and played 34 minutes. Neither Timofey Mozgov or Anthony Randolph got into the game.