Tuesday , Apr , 12 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

New York Knicks Team Report – April 12

=== New York Knicks Team Report – April 12 ===

(Sports Network) – A pair of teams attempting to avoid the Atlantic Division
cellar tangle this evening, when the New York Knicks take on the Toronto
Raptors at Madison Square Garden.

Toronto is currently a half-contest ahead of the Knicks in the standings, but
has one less game left than them.

New York put an end to a nine-game losing streak on Sunday afternoon, topping
the Indiana Pacers, 113-112, in overtime at Conseco Fieldhouse. Michael
Sweetney’s putback at the buzzer in overtime lifted the Knicks to the victory.

Jamal Crawford had 32 points for New York, while Stephon Marbury posted 17
points and 19 assists. Kurt Thomas tallied 15 points and 12 rebounds, while
Malik Rose tacked on 12 points and seven rebounds. Thomas registered his 30th
double-double this season, one short of his career high.

Crawford has kicked up his scoring pace in the last three contests, netting
26.7 points per contest. The former Chicago Bull has hit 28-of-61 (.459) from
the field during the stretch.

New York was missing small forward Tim Thomas, who is struggling with left
knee tendinitis. Thomas is questionable for this evening’s game.

The Knicks nailed 53.4 percent from the field, including 6-of-11 (.545) from
three-point range. New York hit only 13-of-24 (.542) from the free throw line,
while committing only 11 turnovers.

New York, which has half of its six remaining contests at home, is 21-17 at
Madison Square Garden this season. The Knicks have lost three straight and
five of their last seven home games.

The Raptors have taken two of three meetings with New York this season.
However, New York has won four of six and 11 of 15 in this set. Toronto has
lost its last eight trips to the Big Apple.

Following tonight’s game, the Knicks have a day off before opening up a two-
game road trip in Cleveland on Thursday. New York will finish the swing in
Charlotte on Saturday and then face Atlanta at MSG on Sunday.