One lackluster effort erased all the good feelings from the New York Knicks’ best stretch of the season.
The Knicks hope to get back on the winning track after their most lopsided loss of the season when they take on the Minnesota Timberwolves.
New York saw its six-game winning streak end with a 129-103 loss Sunday to the Toronto Raptors. The Knicks allowed the Raptors to shoot 59 percent and surrendered their highest point total in a regulation game this season.
The poor effort left Knicks coach Larry Brown concerned about his defense.
“That’s concerned me forever,” Brown said. “We’ve got to get better in that area. We have to get better shot blocking, we got to take people away, we got to keep people in front of us.”
“We didn’t have that sense of urgency, you can definitely say that,” Marbury said. “We didn’t come out and play the way we have been playing on this winning streak.”
The Knicks, who have split 16 games against Western Conference foes, have won five straight at home and are looking to hand the Timberwolves their eighth straight road loss.
Minnesota has not won a road game since an 84-74 victory Dec. 7 over the Portland Trail Blazers. The Timberwolves have not lost eight straight on the road since dropping their final 10 road games in the lockout-shortened 1999 season.
But Garnett’s biggest impact may have been his halftime advice to Szczerbiak, who had just seven points at the break.
“I just understand how this game should be played,” Garnett said. “I got him to calm down. I got him to wait for me on screens. He actually accepted the advice, and we never looked back from then.”
Garnett has posted nine straight double-doubles against the Knicks, averaging 20.7 points and 14.3 rebounds in that stretch.