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Knicks try to end home woes versus Rockets

(SportsNetwork.com) - The New York Knicks were embarrassed the last time they stepped on the Madison Square Garden hardwood and hope for better luck when the Houston Rockets come to town Thursday night.

The Knicks have lost three in a row at home and suffered a 120-89 loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday. The Knicks had a few days to think about that one and got back into the win column with Wednesday's 95-91 win at Atlanta.

Last year's leading scorer Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 25 points on just 9-of-25 shooting and sank 3-of-6 3-pointers. Andrea Bargnani had arguably his best game of the season with 20 points and 11 rebounds for New York, which improved to 3-4 on the season and had lost four of five games.

It helped that New York scored 23 points off 15 turnovers and used a 15-2 run in the fourth quarter to get that winning feeling again. The Knicks led by as many as 17 (47-30) at one point and later erased a 78-72 deficit thanks to Anthony's clutch shooting.

"Oh, man, it was a great way to kind of get back on track," Anthony said. "Any time you can win on the road, that's always a big win."

J.R. Smith added 12 points in his second outing back from a 5-game suspension for a drug program violation and Tim Hardaway Jr. contributed a career-high 14 points off the bench.

New York turned the ball over just six times and has won eight of the last nine meetings with the Hawks, including five in a row. Atlanta is scheduled to visit MSG on Saturday.

Much like the Knicks, the Rockets were in action Wednesday night and dropped a 123-117 overtime decision against the Philadelphia 76ers.

The Rockets blew a seemingly comfortable lead in the fourth quarter and allowed the 76ers to crawl back into the game. Houston outscored Philadelphia, 33-20, in the third quarter, but faltered at the end of regulation. The Sixers erased a 100-91 deficit and put it away in OT, scoring 17 of the 28 points.

"We were trying to do too much," Rockets head coach Kevin McHale said. "We couldn't maintain our (lead)."

Jeremy Lin was on fire from 3-point range, burying a Wells Fargo Center-best nine 3-pointers (9-of-15), and finished with 34 points and 12 assists. Dwight Howard had his typical double-double with 23 points and 15 rebounds. James Harden did not play because of a sore foot and is questionable Thursday. Harden leads the Rockets in scoring with 24.9 ppg.

Houston has lost three of four games since a 4-1 start and is 2-2 outside of Space City this season.

The Rockets swept its two-game series with the Knicks last season and have won seven straight, 15 of 16 and 20 of the past 25 meetings between the teams. Houston's longest winning streak against the Knicks is eight games set from Jan. 21, 2005 - Jan. 10, 2009.

New York has dropped three in a row and nine of 12 at home versus Houston.

11/14 10:03:07 ET

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2013 - 2014 Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 34 .585 --- 26-15 22-19 32-20 L 1
x-Brooklyn 44 38 .537 4 28-13 16-25 26-26 L 2
New York 37 45 .451 11 19-22 18-23 26-26 W 4
Boston 25 57 .305 23 16-25 9-32 21-31 L 2
Philadelphia 19 63 .232 29 10-31 9-32 14-38 W 2
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 56 26 .683 --- 35-6 21-20 38-14 W 2
x-Chicago 48 34 .585 8 27-14 21-20 35-17 L 1
Cleveland 33 49 .402 23 19-22 14-27 21-31 W 1
Detroit 29 53 .354 27 17-24 12-29 23-29 L 4
Milwaukee 15 67 .183 41 10-31 5-36 12-40 L 3
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 28 .659 --- 32-9 22-19 34-18 L 3
x-Washington 44 38 .537 10 22-19 22-19 33-19 W 4
x-Charlotte 43 39 .524 11 25-16 18-23 30-22 W 3
x-Atlanta 38 44 .463 16 24-17 14-27 28-24 W 1
Orlando 23 59 .280 31 19-22 4-37 17-35 L 4
 
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y= clinched division title
2013 - 2014 Western Conference Standings
 
Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 59 23 .720 --- 34-7 25-16 36-16 W 1
x-Portland 54 28 .659 5 31-10 23-18 31-21 W 5
Minnesota 40 42 .488 19 24-17 16-25 23-29 L 3
Denver 36 46 .439 23 22-19 14-27 20-32 L 2
Utah 25 57 .305 34 16-25 9-32 13-39 W 1
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 25 .695 --- 34-7 23-18 36-16 L 1
x-Golden State 51 31 .622 6 27-14 24-17 31-21 W 2
Phoenix 48 34 .585 9 26-15 22-19 28-24 W 1
Sacramento 28 54 .341 29 17-24 11-30 15-37 L 1
LA Lakers 27 55 .329 30 14-27 13-28 15-37 W 2
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 20 .756 --- 32-9 30-11 38-14 L 2
x-Houston 54 28 .659 8 33-8 21-20 31-21 L 1
x-Memphis 50 32 .610 12 27-14 23-18 29-23 W 5
x-Dallas 49 33 .598 13 26-15 23-18 29-23 L 1
New Orleans 34 48 .415 28 22-19 12-29 15-37 W 2
 
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Scoreboard
Local
Final
NOR 6
DUR 3
 
4th
MIA 92
CHA 75
 
Final
CLE 6
TOR 4
Final
DET 2
ANA 1
14th
NYM 3
ATL 3
 
Final
MIA 3
SEA 2
14th
PIT 2
MIL 2
 
Final
WAS 3
STL 2
12th
TAM 1
NYY 1
 
Final
KAN 3
MIN 8
8th
CHC 2
CIN 8
 
8th
TEX 2
CWS 9
 
5th
OAK 2
HOU 1
 
6th
LOS 0
ARI 0
 
5th
COL 4
PHI 3
 
5th
SDP 2
SFG 4
 
7:05pm Tonight
BOS
BAL
Final
SAN 90
DAL 85
4th
MIA 92
CHA 75
 
7:00pm Tonight
CHI
WAS
9:30pm Tonight
HOU
POR
Final
NYR 2
PHI 4
3rd
BOS 4
DET 1
 
7:00pm Tonight
MON
TAM
10:00pm Tonight
SJS
LOS
Final
NOR 6
DUR 3