NEW YORK (Ticker) -- The New York Knicks look to rebound from
an embarrassing defeat when they host the Philadelphia 76ers on
Tuesday at Madison Square Garden.
Boos rained down upon the Knicks throughout their 107-73 loss to
the Boston Celtics on Saturday. New York was 12-of-24 from the
line and was outrebounded, 45-31, in its worst loss in a home
opener in team history.
The Knicks are hoping the third time is a charm as they try to
crack the win column. They are off to an 0-2 start for the
second straight season and are one of eight teams in the league
without a win.
Perhaps the lone bright spot in the loss to the Celtics was
forward Mike Sweetney, who scored 18 points, pulled down seven
rebounds and blocked a pair of shots. Sweetney played in just
42 games last year, averaging 4.3 points per game, but has 36
points and 11 rebounds through his first two contests this
After opening its season with a win vs. Boston, the 76ers have
dropped a pair, including a 99-91 setback to the world champion
Detroit Pistons on Saturday. Allen Iverson, who has carried the
load thus far, scored 31 points in the loss.
Philadelphia has shot just 42.1 percent from the floor as a
team, hitting only 31-of-88 attempts from the floor vs. the
Pistons. Following Tuesday's game, the 76ers return home for a
season-long five-game homestand at 2-2.
The Knicks won three of four meetings between the teams last
season and have won five of the last six overall.