The New York Knicks have hovered around .500 all season.
The Knicks will look to move back above the break-even mark when they meet the visiting New Orleans Hornets, who are coming off a rare win.
New York halted a four-game skid with a 113-105 win over Portland on Sunday. The win evened the Knicks’ record for the 10th time this season.
“I’m very realistic about where we are and what type of team we have,” team president Isiah Thomas said. “I don’t think we’re at the upper echelon of the league right now. We’ve still got a long way to go in terms of trying to get better.”
The Knicks have not been more than three games above or two games below .500 all season.
Allan Houston scored 25 points and Stephon Marbury added 20 and 12 assists on Sunday for New York, which placed seven players in double figures and shot 58.6 percent from the floor. The Knicks bounced back from a 104-79 drubbing at Cleveland on Saturday.
Despite ending its slide, New York allowed a team to score at least 100 points for the fourth straight game, easily its worst defensive stretch of the season.
“We have some good offensive players, but it really comes down to stopping teams,” Houston said. “That just gives us a much better opportunity in transition and we don’t have to depend on beating teams just in the half court.”
New Orleans ended a 10-game losing streak with a 121-117 overtime win over Sacramento on Saturday. Baron Davis notched his first triple-double in nearly two seasons with 26 points, 17 assists and 10 rebounds to lead the Hornets.
“For us to fight tooth and nail with a team that’s a championship contender is definitely a step in the right direction,” Davis said.
Rookie J.R. Smith scored a season-high 23 points for the Hornets, who made 13 3-pointers. Seven different players scored in double figures for New Orleans.
New Orleans, which has lost 15 straight road games, is 0-12 against Eastern Conference opponents.