Friday , Mar , 03 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Hapless Knicks host Bulls at MSG

(Sports Network) – The New York Knicks have assured themselves a losing season
with their fifth straight loss, and will try to get something going Friday
night versus the Chicago Bulls.

The turbulent ride continued Wednesday night in Memphis, as Grizzlies star Pau
Gasol nailed the game-winning jumper with 2.7 seconds left. The basket gave
Memphis a 101-99 victory and sent New York to its 21st win in 23 games.

Stephon Marbury had 25 points and 13 assists for the Knicks, while Steve
Francis posted 19 points in a losing effort. The Knicks fell to 0-4 since
acquiring Francis from Orlando before the All-Star break.

New York dropped all three games on its latest road trip and 12 in a row
overall on the road.

The Knicks, though, are back in the Big Apple but own a 1-5 mark in their last
six home games. New York is 11-17 as the host this season.

Chicago comes into tonight’s contest after suffering a heart-breaking 92-91
loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Flip Murray’s three-pointer with just 3.9
seconds remaining was deciding factor, sending the Bulls to their third loss
in four tries.

The Bulls will now open a two-game road trip in New York and Cleveland on
Sunday afternoon. Chicago is 2-6 in its last eight road games and owns a 12-16
mark away from the United Center this season.

The season series between both teams is tied at one game apiece. New York won
the first meeting by a 109-101 score at Madison Square Garden, but the Bulls
countered with a 106-104 overtime victory on January 18 at the United Center.

Chicago has won five of the last six meetings with the Knicks.