Tuesday , Feb , 24 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Knicks visit harsh confines of ARCO Arena

(Sports Network) – The New York Knicks try to sweep the season-series from the
Sacramento Kings this evening and snap a two-game losing streak in the process
when the two teams hook up at the unfriendly confines of ARCO Arena.

New York, which topped the Kings on November 7 at Madison Square Garden, will
be kicking off a four-game West Coast road trip tonight following a lifeless
92-86 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday. Stephon Marbury scored 20 of
his 30 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Knicks attack.

Kurt Thomas had 16 points, while Tim Thomas and Shandon Anderson both had 10
for New York, which has dropped four of its last five.

Things got so bad for the Knicks that the crowd at MSG began chanting Keith
Van Horn’s name. Van Horn was dealt to Milwaukee as part of a three-team deal
with the Atlanta Hawks that landed Tim Thomas and Nazr Mohammed in New York.

Thomas has been inconsistent in his three games with the Knicks, while
Mohammed has totaled all of two points in 29 minutes.

The Knicks continued to play without guard Allan Houston, who has been
sidelined since January 30 with a sore knee. Houston, who had originally hoped
to be back right after the All-Star break, could return at some point during
the trip.

New York has won seven of its last 11 on the road and is 10-16 away from home
this season.

Sacramento comes into tonight’s tilt riding a two-game winning streak after
Peja Stojakovic scored a game-high 27 points and added eight rebounds to lead
the Kings over the Toronto Raptors, 96-81, on Sunday at Air Canada Centre.

Mike Bibby contributed 21 points and five assists for Sacramento, which has
won six of its last seven games.

After scoring a season-low 39 points in the first half, the Kings bounced back
with 57 points after the intermission to pick up their third straight win over
the Raptors.

Sacramento has won nine of its last 11 at home and is 24-4 at ARCO this

New York has won two of its last three matchups with the Kings, but has lost
six straight and seven of its last eight in Sacramento.