New York will try to rebound from its worst loss of the season as it continues a six-game road trip in Los Angeles against the Clippers.
The Knicks were routed by Detroit on Saturday, losing 91-61. New York had its lowest point total of the season, barely avoiding the franchise record by three. The Knicks have dropped 12 of their last 14 games.
New York hopes for a better effort as it looks for its first win against the Los Angeles Clippers at the Staples Center in nearly seven years. Despite leading the all-time series with Los Angeles 64-38, the Knicks have dropped five straight at the Staples Center since a 77-76 victory on March 25, 1998.
The Knicks ended a seven-game losing streak overall with a 99-96 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday at home—Herb Williams first victory since taking over for Lenny Wilkens, who resigned as Knicks coach on Jan. 22.
However, New York returned to its slumping ways Saturday.
Jamal Crawford had 14 points on 5-of-14 shooting for the Knicks, who have lost five straight on the road since a 119-111 win over Orlando on Dec. 27. Point guard Stephon Marbury didn’t score until early in the second quarter and finished with just 10 points, half his average.
New York shot just 36 percent from the field, 10 percent from three-point range and made just 53 percent of its shots from the line.
“We didn’t get this road trip off to a very good start,” said Kurt Thomas as the Knicks also visit Denver, Sacramento, Phoenix and Utah.
Injuries continue to hamper New York as rookie forward Trevor Ariza sprained his left ankle in the third quarter Saturday. Penny Hardaway sat out with a sprained right ankle, one night after returning from a hamstring injury that sidelined him for over three weeks. Allan Houston, struggling to return from knee surgery, was placed on the injured list Friday.
Los Angeles has won three of four games—all at home—since a season high-tying five-game losing streak. Elton Brand finished with 27 points as the Clippers beat the Warriors 96-85 on Friday.
The 6-foot-8 forward, who missed most of the first half due to foul trouble, finished with eight rebounds and ended his streak of double-doubles at nine— two shy of his career best.
Brand is averaging 22.6 points and 11.4 boards this month to help the Clippers, who remain without leading scorer Corey Maggette. Maggette, who missed two games earlier this week with a foot injury, bruised his left collarbone in Friday night’s loss at Portland.
Reserve center Zeljko Rebraca scored 17 of his 19 points in the first half in place of Brand and finished with a career-high 16 rebounds to help the Clippers outrebound the Warriors, 54-34.