New York (18-27) at Sacramento (31-14)

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  • Game info: 10:00 pm EST Fri Feb 4, 2005
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If Brad Miller has another big game, the Sacramento Kings might not even need some of their injured starters—especially since the New York Knicks are coming to town.

Miller will try to lead the Kings to an eighth straight home victory over the Knicks, who now begin the most difficult portion of their six-game road trip.

Sacramento was without three starters Wednesday night, but Miller scored a career-high 38 points and grabbed 17 rebounds as the Kings beat the Golden State Warriors 111-107 in overtime.

Peja Stojakovic has missed five straight games because of back spasms and Chris Webber has missed three in a row with a sore left knee. They were joined on the sidelines Wednesday by Cuttino Mobley, who missed his first game since his trade to Sacramento because of back spasms.

Stojakovic is listed as doubtful for Friday’s game, but Webber and Mobley could play.

Despite the injuries, Sacramento has won three of four. The main reason has been Miller, who is averaging 22 points and 13.3 rebounds in the last four games. He was limited to four points and seven rebounds in the lone loss, but averaged 28 points and 15.3 boards in the three victories.

“We’ve been battling the last couple of weeks and haven’t had our full team together,” Miller said. “Everybody who’s still here has to step it up. We’ve got a lot of guys that can play on this team that people have never heard of. We take a lot of pride and still expect to win.”

They should expect to win against a struggling Knicks team that has not won at Sacramento since Feb. 20, 1997. New York has given little reason lately to think that will change Friday.

The Knicks fell to 0-3 on their road trip with a 96-76 loss at Denver on Tuesday. Already with a 30-point and a 20-point loss on the trip, New York now faces a back-to-back set at Sacramento and Phoenix, teams that are a combined 35-10 at home. The trip ends at Utah on Monday.

New York shot just 36.5 percent and scored only 31 points in the second half of the loss to the Nuggets. Jamal Crawford scored 20 points, but Stephon Marbury had only 10 on 4-of-12 shooting.

“I wouldn’t call it our worst performance, but we didn’t come out with much energy,” New York coach Herb Williams said. “If you don’t come out with more energy or at least match their energy, then you are going to get flattened out and they will take you out of the game.”

The Knicks have lost 14 of 16 and are 1-5 under Williams. New York has dropped seven straight on the road since a victory at Orlando on Dec. 27.

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