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Struggling Knicks look to get on track vs. winless Nuggets

Nov 8, 2006 - 3:51 PM New York (1-3) at Denver (0-2) 9:00 pm EST

DENVER (Ticker) -- After a season-opening win, the New York Knicks have lost three straight contests. The Denver Nuggets have yet to pick up a win this season.

The Knicks will take on the Nuggets on the road Wednesday as both teams look to get on track.

After trailing by 19 points with 8 1/2 minutes left on Monday, the Knicks made things interesting down the stretch, but lost their third straight game, 105-93, against the San Antonio Spurs.

Quentin Richardson scored 18 points and Eddy Curry added 13 and 11 rebounds for New York, which lost guard Steve Francis after intermission due to a sprained left ankle. X-rays were negative.

New York coach Isiah Thomas, who is also the team president, shook up the lineup when the Knicks trailed by 23 points late in the first half. First-round pick Mardy Collins and veteran forward Malik Rose provided some energy and defense as New York climbed back in the game.

Denver has only played two games since the season began a week ago, losing them both. However, the Nuggets could be 2-0 if it weren't for poor execution down the stretch of both contests.

Carmelo Anthony and Earl Boykins scored 28 points apiece and point guard Andre Miller added 18 for a Denver, which shot a respectable 51 percent (43-of-85) in a 112-109 loss to Minnesota in their last game on Friday.

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