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Knicks welcome Durant, Sonics

Dec 12, 2007 - 4:41 PM Seattle (5-17) at New York (6-14) 7:30 pm EST

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- New York Knicks coach Isiah Thomas has said that he and his team will not go down without a fight. With all their off-court problems, the Knicks must be looking forward to a battle against one of the NBA's worst teams.

The embattled Thomas and the struggling Knicks aim to avoid their fourth straight loss Wednesday when they host rookie phenom Kevin Durant and the Seattle SuperSonics.

Off to a horrendous start in the standings, the Knicks have had an even tougher season off the court, where Thomas and team owner James Dolan have been making negative headlines since the summer.

Thomas and Madison Square Garden reached an $11.5 million settlement out of court Monday with a former team executive, a costly end to an embarrassing legal saga which included a sexual harrassment lawsuit and trial this offseason.

A day later, Thomas vowed that he would not walk away from his job with the Knicks.

"I fight until I die," Thomas told reporters Tuesday. "It's not about giving up or quitting. To me, it's win or die - and I literally mean death."

Thomas hopes to see some signs of life from the Knicks, who dropped a 99-89 decision Monday to the Dallas Mavericks - their third straight double-digit loss.

Zach Randolph scored 24 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Knicks, who have dropped 13 of their last 17 contests in a season marred by controversy and in-fighting.

New York surprisingly has played slightly better than the Sonics, who enter with the second-worst record in the NBA.

Seattle dropped its second straight contest Tuesday, a 123-96 loss to the Chicago Bulls.

The second overall pick in this year's draft, Durant scored 16 points and leads all rookies in scoring at 20.3 points per game.