Wednesday , Dec , 07 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Clippers welcome Knicks to Staples Center

(Sports Network) – The Los Angeles Clippers try and continue their strong
start to the season this evening when they continue a five-game homestand
against the New York Knicks at the Staples Center.

On Monday, Elton Brand had 37 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Clippers over
the Miami Heat, 99-89, at Staples Center.

Sam Cassell added 18 points and dished out 13 assists and Corey Maggette
chipped in with 13 points and six rebounds for the Clippers, who have won
their last two games and lead the Pacific Division by a half-game over the
red-hot Phoenix Suns and Golden State Warriors.

All the news was not good though, as Maggette was forced to leave the game
with a sprained ligament in his left foot. An MRI on Tuesday revealed no
further damage, but head coach Mike Dunleavy said it would take a “miraculous
recovery” for him to play tonight.

Los Angeles, which will close its stand with visits from the Suns and Detroit
Pistons, is a remarkable 7-1 in its arena this season.

The Knicks, meanwhile, enter tonight’s affair on a rare winning note, as Jamal
Crawford poured in 19 of his season-high 31 points in the fourth quarter to
lead New York to a 104-101 come-from-behind victory over Seattle on Tuesday at

All of Crawford’s points came during the second half, as the Knicks rallied
from a 13-point deficit early in the third quarter to halt a two-game slide.
The Seattle native went 8-of-11 from the floor, including 4-of-4 from three-
point range, after halftime and made 11-of-12 foul shots for the night.

Rookie Channing Frye contributed 18 points off the bench on 6-of-8 shooting
for New York, which won for just the third time in 11 road outings this
season. Stephon Marbury added 16 points and eight assists to the winning

New York played without guard Quentin Richardson, who left the team for a
family emergency in Chicago. Reports have circulated that Richardson’s brother
was fatally shot Monday in Chicago.

The Knicks will close a three-game road trip against Phoenix on Friday.

New York split its two meetings with the Clippers last season, but has dropped
two of three and three of its last five to LA. The Knicks have also yet to
beat the Clippers in six matchups at the Staples Center.