EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J., April 19 (Ticker) -- Jamal Crawford and Eddy Curry helped the New York Knicks avoid a dubious mark.

Crawford collected 23 points and 11 assists and Curry scored 18 points as the Knicks averted their first 60-loss season by posting a 90-83 triumph over the New Jersey Nets.

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Despite the victory, New York (23-59) still finished with the worst record in the Eastern Conference and tied the 1985-86 team for franchise's fewest wins since the NBA went to the 82-game schedule in 1967-68.

"We didn't want to leave a sour taste in our fans mouths," Crawford said. "The positive that I take from this season is that I am very comfortable with my teammates. I feel like I am becoming a leader. We have to build chemistry, work hard this summer, and come into training camp jelling with each other."

The Nets (49-33) rested All-Stars Vince Carter and Jason Kidd as they failed in their bid for their second 50-win season. Richard Jefferson was the only regular who played, scoring 15 points in 18 minutes.

"The last five years we have been to the playoffs, it is part our routine," Jefferson said. "We are healthy right now. We had one of the top three or four (regular) seasons in the history of the Nets."

New Jersey will face Indiana in the first round. The Pacers won two of the three meetings against the Nets in the regular season.

"I have not seen too much of Indiana this year," Jefferson said. "We played them once without Jermaine (O'Neal) and once without Peja (Stojakovic). They are a talented team with a great coach (Rick Carlisle)."

The teams last met in the postseason in 2002, when New Jersey captured a thrilling 3-2 first-round series victory en route to its first NBA Finals appearance.

"Indiana finally has their team together," Nets coach Lawrence Frank said. "They have experienced players, just as we have experienced players. They have a great balance between playmaking, mid-sized guys who can score, and great size inside. They have two guys who have been MVP candidates in the last four years in O'Neal and Stojakovic."

Nets forward Clifford Robinson played in the 1,330th game in his NBA career, moving him ahead of Moses Malone for seventh place on the league's all-time list. Robinson feels the Nets are ready for their opening round match-up.

"I think we match up well with them," he said. "I think they have a veteran team. They have had some injuries over the course of the season and now they have everybody back. You have to expect them to come out and play well."