Date: December 11, 2009
Time: 8:00PM
Location: New Orleans
TV: MSG


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Knicks at Hornets
.....W-L PF PA HOME ROAD STK L10
NYK 7-15 103.4 107.3 4-8 3-7 W3 4-6
NOR 9-11 99.2 102.6 8-2 1-9 W2 6-4


FROM PROSPORTSDAILY:


Projected Starters:
I know this is not the starters but its been a good luck charm so I'm sticking with it LOL It will stay this way till we lose......sometime around the new year


Chris Duhon #1 vs. Chris Paul #3


Larry Hughes #0 vs. Devin Brown #23


Danilo Gallinari #8 vs. Peja Stojakovic #16


Wilson Chandler #21 vs. David West #30


David Lee #42 vs. Emeka Okafor #50


Mike D'Antoni


Pos: Head Coach
Born: May 9, 1951, Mullens, WV
Experience: 8 years
College: Marshall



Hornets Bench:

PG Darren Collison
SG Morris Peterson
SF Julian Wright
PF Darius Songaila
C Hilton Armstrong






Knicks Bench:

Forward- Al harrington, Forward- Jordan Hill, Forward-Jared Jeffries, Guard- Nate Robinson, Guard- Toney Douglas, Center- Darko Milicic, F Marcus Landry, Eddy Curry C




Team Stat Leaders
------NEW YORK-------------PORTLAND----
Points: A. Harrington 19.8----C. Paul 22.3
Rebounds: D. Lee 10.0 ------ E. Okafor 10.3
Assists: C. Duhon 6.1--------C. Paul 9.9
Steals :L. Hughes 1.7 ------- C. Paul 2.4
Blocks: W. Chandler .9-------E. Okafor 2.0





Notes and Quotes:

Next to Al Harrington's locker at the Knicks' practice facility are the standings in the Eastern Conference. The reality of the team's awful start was impossible to ignore, but lately, as the team has started winning games, Harrington has noticed there isn't much of a gap between his team and the eighth seed. So many of the teams in the East have struggled to start the season, the Knicks aren't quite out of anything yet.


Quote To Note:

"I think we're starting to get a great momentum, and if we can keep it going, we've got a chance. We've got some winnable games coming up."

Al Harrington on the streaking Knicks

Player Notes:

G Nate Robinson was benched for a fourth straight game, which pretty much solidifies his omission from the rotation. The Garden crowd chanted "We Want Nate!" during Sunday's win over the Nets, but there were no chants Monday night.

F David Lee had a double-double, but the play that stood out to everyone after the game was his blocked shot against 7-footer Joel Przybilla late in the fourth quarter.

G Toney Douglas showed why he is getting the playing time over Nate Robinson, as he entered the game in the first half with great defensive energy and recorded a steal, a 3-pointer and two assists in a short stint that bridged the first and second quarters.


Medical Watch:

C Eddy Curry was a surprise inclusion in the lineup after he missed the previous seven games with a knee injury and hadn't practiced in 12 days. Curry did not play, but coach Mike D'Antoni said the 7-footer will be worked into the mix over the next three days and is expected to be part of the rotation for Friday's game in New Orleans.

KNICKS 93, TRAIL BLAZERS 84: The Knicks led by as many as 23 points early in the fourth quarter before they suddenly went cold and the Trail Blazers sliced the lead to nine with 6:23 to go.

Danilo Gallinari then drilled a straightaway 3-pointer with 5:59 left. On the ensuing possession he came up with a steal off a Jerryd Bayless turnover to feed Larry Hughes for a three-point play to essentially put the game away.

Hughes had 21 points for the Knicks (7-15), who have won four of their last five and are on a season-high three-game winning streak.