Monday , Jan , 19 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Knicks go for fourth straight victory

New York, NY (Sports Network) – The New York Knicks go for their fourth
straight win this afternoon when they welcome the Toronto Raptors to Madison
Square Garden.

This game marks new New York head coach Lenny Wilkens’ first game against
Toronto since he mutually agreed to leave his position as head coach of the
Raptors after the 2002-03 season. He spent three years at the helm for
Toronto. The Knicks are 2-0 under Wilkens.

Earlier this season, the Raptors defeated the Knicks, 105-99, in overtime at
Air Canada Centre.

The Knicks, who won four in a row earlier this season from December 26 to
December 30, 2003, defeated Chicago on Saturday. Keith Van Horn scored 16 of
his 24 points in the fourth quarter to lift New York to a 101-96 win over the
Bulls at the United Center.

Coming off a season-high 30 points in Wilkens’ first game — a 108-88 win
Friday in New York over Seattle — Van Horn scored 13 points during a crucial
16-2 run to start the fourth quarter, lifting the Knicks to their third win in
as many tries.

“He knows I’m not going to pull him if he misses a shot,” Wilkens explained of
Van Horn.

Stephon Marbury attempted just eight shots but still finished with 18 points
and eight assists, as the Knicks topped the 100-point plateau for the fourth
straight game. New York has now won four of its seven games since acquiring
Marbury in a trade with the Suns.

Allan Houston contributed a game-high 26 points in the winning effort.

The Knicks, who have won two straight and three of their last four at MSG, are
11-11 as the host this season.

The Raptors fell to the Atlanta Hawks, 75-70, on Saturday at Philips Arena.

Donyell Marshall recorded 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Raptors, who fell
to 1-2 on a four-game road swing. Toronto only shot 37 percent from the field
without all-star forward Vince Carter, who suffered a leg injury on Thursday.

Carter is day-to-day.

The Raptors, who have lost two of their last three on the road, are 8-12 as
the visitor this season.

Toronto has won two straight after losing the last seven meetings with the
Knicks. The Raptors have lost five straight after winning their last two at
New York.