New York (7-15) at Utah (11-9)

Mostly Cloudy Currently: Salt Lake City, UT
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  • Game info: 9:00 pm EST Wed Dec 10, 2003
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The New York Knicks will try to avoid a winless five-game West Coast trip as they visit the Utah Jazz at the Delta Center.

The Knicks are coming off Tuesday’s 98-90 loss against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center. They have also lost at Seattle, Portland and Golden State on the swing, and have dropped a season-high five straight overall.

The Knicks were without leading scorer Allan Houston for the second straight game Tuesday because of a sore right knee. A team spokesman said Houston was questionable for Wednesday’s game against the Jazz.

Shandon Anderson, who started in place of Houston, scored 26 points on Tuesday. Howard Eisley also had 26 points—a season high—and Keith Van Horn added 16.

Anderson, who averages 8.3 points off the bench, has averaged 21.5 points in the last two games, shooting 60 percent (18-for-30).

The Knicks are 3-8 all-time at the Delta Center, and have lost nine of the last 11 overall against the Jazz. But the visiting team has won the last four games in this series.

Utah had its four-game home winning streak snapped in a 102-80 loss to Boston on Monday. It was only the Jazz’s second home loss this season.

Utah had played the night before, dropping a 94-92 road decision to the Lakers. But forward Andrei Kirilenko, the Jazz’s second-leading scorer at 16.1 points per game, said fatigue shouldn’t have been a factor.

“It happens in the NBA. You’ve got like back-to-back (games) how many times during the season? You’ve got like 10-15 times so you need to be ready,” said Kirilenko, who had 11 points and six rebounds.

Matt Harpring led Utah with 17 points and seven rebounds. Raja Bell had 16, and DeShawn Stevenson chipped in 10 points.

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