Los Angeles (8-3) at New York (3-7)

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  • Game info: 7:30 pm EST Wed Nov 19, 2003
  • TV: KCAL, MSG
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The Los Angeles Lakers are undefeated at home. On the road, it’s been a different story.

Los Angeles will look to break a three-game road losing streak when it meets the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden.

The Lakers are 5-0 at Staples Center, but they are just 3-3 on the road.

“We’re not playing the way we should,” Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. “We’re giving up too many points on the road.”

The Lakers dropped the first half of their two-game road trip Tuesday with a 106-96 loss to the Detroit Pistons. They allowed Detroit to shoot 56.8 percent.

In 31 foul-plagued minutes, Shaquille O’Neal had 20 points, 10 rebounds and five assists. Karl Malone scored 20, and Gary Payton added 15 points and five assists.

Kobe Bryant scored 19, but he was 4-of-14 from the field. He left the locker room quickly after the game and did not respond to questions before boarding the team bus.

“He didn’t have a good night,” Jackson said.

Jackson will look for a better effort from all of his players against the Knicks.

New York snapped a four-game losing streak Monday with an 89-86 win over the Boston Celtics.

Allan Houston led the Knicks with 26 points, but Michael Doleac sealed the win by scoring the Knicks’ final four points and grabbing eight of his nine rebounds in the fourth quarter.

“It’s always good when the coach shows confidence in you and you can kind of prove him right,” said Doleac, who subbed for the ineffective Dikembe Mutombo throughout the final quarter.

The 7-foot veteran finished with just eight points, but he hit two foul shots with 5.4 seconds left to secure the win.

“My job in the NBA is to try to rebound, defend and knock down open jumpers no matter how much you play or how little you play,” he said.

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