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rady
Nov 21, 2015, 16:14
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(7-6) -- (5-8)



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Toyota Center, Houston, TX
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Injury Report




New York Knicks

Houston Rockets



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Patrick Beverley - Left Ankle Sprain (OUT)


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Sam Dekker - Low Back Pain (OUT)


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Dwight Howard - Rest (OUT)


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Donatas Motiejunas - Low Back Pain (OUT)





Game Preview

It's been 11 years since the New York Knicks won at Houston. They may be catching the sputtering Rockets at an opportune time to prevent that streak from continuing.

The Knicks look to win their fourth straight Saturday night and end an 11-game overall slide against Houston.

New York (7-6) has lost 19 of its last 20 meetings with the Rockets (5-8), including all 10 at Houston by an average of 12.0 points since last winning there on Nov. 18, 2004.

The Knicks enter this visit with a season-best three-game win streak, limiting opponents to an average of 90.3 points on 42.0 percent shooting - 14 of 70 from 3-point range - during that run.

The Rockets are in a major lull that cost coach Kevin McHale his job earlier this week after he guided them to the Western Conference finals last season. They've dropped five of the last six games, falling 96-84 at Memphis on Friday in their lowest scoring effort of the season.

"I think we were just struggling to find our shots," said interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff, who is 1-1 since replacing McHale. "We missed 15 shots in the paint, missed 15 free throws and turned the ball over 23 times."

Friday marked another poor shooting performance by Houston, which shot 37.8 percent - including 6 of 29 from beyond the arc - and made only two baskets in a 14-point fourth quarter.

The Rockets rank near the bottom of the league with a 41.3 field-goal percentage.

"We have got to find a way to get baskets, especially with a team like that," said guard Jason Terry, who scored two points on 1-of 5 shooting.

James Harden is among the league leaders with 28.2 points per game, but he's making just 25.6 percent of his 3s after hitting 37.5 last season. The All-Star guard missed 6 of 7 attempts from long range but still finished with 22 points against the Grizzlies.

Harden, though, is averaging 31.3 points while connecting on 51.7 percent from the field - 49.0 from deep - over his last seven meetings with the Knicks.

He won't have Dwight Howard's inside presence Saturday as Houston plans on resting the team's second-leading scorer with games on consecutive days. The Rockets have lost three of four without him this season.

"That's the plan for now," Bickerstaff said.

New York opened a four-game road trip with Friday's 93-90 victory over Oklahoma City, holding on after nearly blowing a 16-point lead in the fourth quarter. Carmelo Anthony scored 25 points for the Knicks, who limited the Thunder to season lows of 38.0 percent from the floor and 3 for 29 from 3-point range.

"Just reminding the guys that the end result is just figuring out a way to win, regardless of how it looks," coach Derek Fisher said. "We will keep working at cleaning things up and trying to finish it better."

Anthony could be poised for a big game, having averaged 32.7 points over his last 10 against the Rockets.

New York extended its win streak Friday with a limited contribution from rookie Kristaps Porzingis, who had seven points and six rebounds after he had 29 and 11 in a 102-94 victory over Charlotte on Tuesday.

The Knicks already have seven wins, a total they didn't reach last season until Jan. 21.

tiger0330
Nov 21, 2015, 16:40
I was just on Houston's BBS and pessimism is rampant that last years WC finals team the Rockets are going to lose to last years almost worst record Knicks. They're a 3 pt happy shooting team that can't defend, shut 'em down like we did the Thunder and collect a 4th straight win.

Going to have to miss the game but I hope HTR10 can give his usual great posts on what's happening at the game along with others like Kiya, Mafra, Broadway etc.

htr10
Nov 21, 2015, 17:22
I was just on Houston's BBS and pessimism is rampant that last years WC finals team the Rockets are going to lose to last years almost worst record Knicks. They're a 3 pt happy shooting team that can't defend, shut 'em down like we did the Thunder and collect a 4th straight win.

Going to have to miss the game but I hope HTR10 can give his usual great posts on what's happening at the game along with others like Kiya, Mafra, Broadway etc.

Barring the unexpected, I am ready to go for tonight's game. I don't have a good barometer for where Houston is at right now with the very recent coaching change, but I hope we can continue to surprise people with our competitiveness on the road.

htr10
Nov 21, 2015, 19:04
Last season we were the worst at defending the 3, this season so far we are the best by %. It's funny, you'd think we more upgraded our interior than perimeter defense since last year.

htr10
Nov 21, 2015, 19:12
We have our usual starting 5. No Howard for Houston. He is sitting the 2nd game of a back to back.

htr10
Nov 21, 2015, 19:13
Our first possession and Porzingis knocks down a deep 2 off the dribble.

htr10
Nov 21, 2015, 19:15
Good first few minutes for Lopez. A blocked shot, an offensive rebound, and 4 points on two close range shots.

htr10
Nov 21, 2015, 19:17
Afflalo on Harden, which gives Calderon the million year old Jason Terry as his assignment.

rady
Nov 21, 2015, 19:17
Calderon with the steal! I really like the way he's playing lately, looks like a different player ever since Afflalo recovered

htr10
Nov 21, 2015, 19:19
Opposite of last night, we have come out sluggish and sloppy. Houston on an early 9 - 0 run.

htr10
Nov 21, 2015, 19:24
Porzingis and Lopez benefitting on the offensive end from Howard's absence. Calderon just nailed a 3 to tie this game right back up.

htr10
Nov 21, 2015, 19:29
Tonight's first four subs off the bench are Seraphin, Lance Thomas, Galloway, and Grant. Melo playing extended 1st quarter minutes.

htr10
Nov 21, 2015, 19:31
Now here comes Derrick Williams for Melo. Wonder if we will go 12 deep again tonight with O'Quinn and Vujacic.

Kiyaman
Nov 21, 2015, 19:31
We will win this game .. the Rockets Ball-Hogger dont let Ty Lawson run the ball

rady
Nov 21, 2015, 19:33
Seraphin with the jumper!


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htr10
Nov 21, 2015, 19:34
Fun fact just thrown around: Dirk shot 21% from 3 his rookie year.

htr10
Nov 21, 2015, 19:36
Houston looked to jump all over us early, but we played just well enough to only be down 2 at the end of the first quarter.

htr10
Nov 21, 2015, 19:42
Both teams playing ugly offense right now.

htr10
Nov 21, 2015, 19:43
Houston big man Capela was completely ineffective against Lopez and Porzingis, but he is eating up our 2nd unit frontline.

Kiyaman
Nov 21, 2015, 19:44
D.Will is not a PF

htr10
Nov 21, 2015, 19:45
Missed our first 10 shots of the 2nd quarter before hitting one. Still, only down 1 after a Porzingis 3.

htr10
Nov 21, 2015, 19:47
I know fans go crazy watching Porzingis trying to go coast to coast dribbling, but seriously, pass the ball on the break.

htr10
Nov 21, 2015, 19:49
Porzingis hits a sweet running lefty hook. His arsenal is limitless, but raw.

htr10
Nov 21, 2015, 19:50
Porzingis knocks down another 3, this one completely flat footed. He is 5 for 7 from the field halfway through the 2nd quarter.

Kiyaman
Nov 21, 2015, 19:51
Nice 3
Nice hook by KP! lucky roll, but I'll take it
Nice 3 .. again

htr10
Nov 21, 2015, 19:55
After missing his first 6 shots, Afflalo drains the 3 to tie the game with 5 minutes to go in the half.

htr10
Nov 21, 2015, 19:59
Houston looking to switch Calderon onto Harden whenever possible, but mainly they just keep feeding this Capela kid down low.

htr10
Nov 21, 2015, 20:02
Porzingis knocking down everything in sight this quarter. Add in some shots from Afflalo, Melo, and Thomas and we have a 2 point lead late in the first half.

Kiyaman
Nov 21, 2015, 20:04
That's what happens when you DON'T have AA on Harden

Knicks have looked fantastic since Melo sat with 3 fouls. May be a blessing in disguise tonight that he got in foul trouble - he looks like he's got dead legs.

Kiyaman
Nov 21, 2015, 20:05
RoLo making up for last night

Kiyaman
Nov 21, 2015, 20:06
Gallo wid da 3

Kiyaman
Nov 21, 2015, 20:08
Knicks starting to percolate LOL

finestrg
Nov 21, 2015, 20:17
They look good. A little sluggish throughout but they closed the half strong. KP having a strong game so far!

finestrg
Nov 21, 2015, 20:24
I see Westchester got another W tonight. I think they're 4-0. I'm definitely gonna take a trip up some weekend--check out a game, grab some dinner at Texas de Brazil nearby (awesome restaurant for anyone who likes meat. OMG! Place is insane! Lol).

Kiyaman
Nov 21, 2015, 20:33
PK hook shot is workin too

Kiyaman
Nov 21, 2015, 20:43
It look like Fisher were gonna play the Melo-less starter lineup the entire 3rd quarter

htr10
Nov 21, 2015, 21:00
Porzingis with 5 blocks so far tonight. Tie game with a little less than 9 minutes to go.

htr10
Nov 21, 2015, 21:02
Galloway continues his run as one of the hottest 3 point shooters in the league.

Kiyaman
Nov 21, 2015, 21:06
Watsup with Harden playing defense, blockin shots, and even passing the ball

finestrg
Nov 21, 2015, 21:10
Gotta close out better on these 3-pt shooters. Come on now...