Thursday , Feb , 24 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

New York Knicks Team Report – February 24

=== New York Knicks Team Report – February 24 ===

(Sports Network) – The Knicks will face the new-look Philadelphia 76ers
tonight at Madison Square Garden. Philadelphia acquired Chris Webber from the
Kings on Wednesday night.

On Wednesday night, just 20 hours before today’s trade deadline, the Sixers
pulled off a blockbuster deal, acquiring Webber and reserve forwards Matt
Barnes and Michael Bradley from Sacramento in exchange for forwards Kenny
Thomas, Corliss Williamson and Brian Skinner.

New York, which had been rumored to be interested in acquiring Webber as well,
has been in a downward spiral as of late, losing four of six and nine of its
last 12 contests. The Knicks’ woes continued on Tuesday, as they dropped a
97-88 decision to the Pistons.

Jamal Crawford led the Knicks with 23 points and six assists, while Kurt
Thomas had 15 points and 17 rebounds. Tim Thomas also had 15 points and
Stephon Marbury was held to 12, as the Knicks were swept in a season series by
the Pistons for the first time since the 1989-90 season.

Trevor Ariza had 14 points and eight rebounds for the Knicks in the losing
effort. The Knicks shot just 37.6 percent from the field in the game, while
hitting only 4-of-21 (.190) from three-point range.

New York, which is 14-12 at home this season, is beginning a three-game
homestand tonight. The Knicks have won three of their last four home tilts.

This season, the Knicks are just 4-7 within the Atlantic and 12-20 against the

Philadelphia snapped a three-game series losing streak with a 106-105 victory
over the Knicks on Valentine’s Day. However, the Knicks have won seven of the
last nine meetings in the series overall. Philadelphia has dropped its last
four trips to the Big Apple.

The Knicks will have the day off on Friday before closing out their week
against the Indiana Pacers at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night.