New York (26-34) at Denver (32-28)

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  • Game info: 9:00 pm EST Sun Feb 29, 2004
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The New York Knicks hope to end what has been a disastrous West Coast trip on a positive note as they visit the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center.

New York has lost five in a row, including the first three of a four-game road trip. On Friday, the Knicks dropped a 96-94 decision at the Los Angeles Clippers as Kurt Thomas misfired on a pair of late jumpers.

Despite the slide, the Knicks still have a solid shot at the postseason.

New York is tied with Miami and Toronto for the final three playoff spots in the Eastern Conference, 1 1/2 games ahead of ninth-place Cleveland and two in front of Boston and Philadelphia.

“That’s the saving grace of what’s happening right now,” said Knicks coach Lenny Wilkens, who is 10-10 since replacing the fired Don Chaney. “We’re still there, and that’s what guys have got to understand. Now it’s time for us to do something positive and make a run.”

The Knicks have won four straight meetings with the Nuggets, and six of their last eight visits to Denver.

The Nuggets are in a playoff fight of their own, two games ahead of Utah for the eighth and final playoff berth in the Western Conference.

But according to rookie sensation Carmelo Anthony, the Nuggets didn’t play enough urgency Friday night, suffering a 117-92 loss to San Antonio, which was without reigning two-time MVP Tim Duncan.

“When the players hear that the key player on the other team is out, they just tend to relax or take the opportunity for granted,” said Anthony, who led the Nuggets with 26 points.

Anthony is averaging just over 27 points per game in 11 games this month.

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