Monday , Mar , 14 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

New York Knicks Team Report – March 14

=== New York Knicks Team Report – March 14 ===

(Sports Network) – The Knicks suffered a 90-80 defeat at the hands of the
Seattle SuperSonics at Madison Square Garden on Sunday.

Stephon Marbury and Tim Thomas each finished with 20 points for the Knicks,
who had won two in a row and five of six entering the contest. New York also
saw a seven-game home win streak come to an end. The Knicks searching for
their first eight-game home win streak at MSG since February 25-March 17,

The Knicks struggled mightily from the field on the night, hitting only 31
percent of their shots. New York went just 6-of-21 (.286) from three-point
range and 26-of-30 (.867) from the free throw line.

Kurt Thomas and Jamal Crawford combined to go just 5-for-20 (.250) from the
field in the game. Thomas finished with eight points and nine rebounds in 38
minutes of action, while Crawford tallied just five points on 0-of-6 three-
point shooting.

The Knicks suffered their first defeat at home since a 116-110 setback to
Milwaukee on February 9. New York is now 19-13 at home this season.

New York (26-35) remains in the cellar of the Atlantic Division, seven games
out of first place. The Knicks are 4 1/2 contests behind Indiana and Orlando
for the seventh and eight spots in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

The Knicks are 15th in the league in scoring (96 ppg), while ranking 19th in
opponents’ scoring (99.1 ppg). New York is 23rd in point differential (-2.6)
and 28th in opponents’ field goal shooting percentage (.464).

The Knicks have a day off before hosting the Miami Heat on Tuesday evening.
New York will then head to Atlanta (Friday) and Miami (Saturday) to close out
its week’s slate.