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In a season where little has gone right, the New York Knicks

have managed to produce a few positive moments here and there.

The visiting Knicks look to build off one of those efforts while

trying to hand the Philadelphia 76ers a fifth consecutive loss

Monday night.

On pace to miss the playoffs for the sixth straight season and

on the wrong end of numerous blowout losses in 2009-10, New York

(23-43) is coming off one of its most memorable victories in some

time. Bill Walker scored a career-high 23 points and Wilson

Chandler added 22 as the Knicks snapped Dallas’ 13-game winning

streak with a 128-94 road win Saturday night.

The Knicks shot 56.2 percent and avenged a 50-point loss to the

Mavericks in January by winning for the fourth time in 18


“A lot of teams look at the schedule and say, ‘Oh, that’s the

Knicks. That’s a win.’ But we’ve got to come out and compete every

night,” said New York rookie guard Toney Douglas, who’s scored 40

points and shot 16 of 23 in his last two games.

The victory should give New York some confidence as it tries to

win consecutive games in Philadelphia for the first time since

April 3-Dec. 17, 2004. David Lee scored 24 points and Chandler had

18 as the Knicks snapped a nine-game road skid against the 76ers

with a 93-92 win on Jan. 13.

Walker was toiling on the bench with Boston in January, but he’s

starting to play well after being traded to New York last month in

a deal that sent disgruntled guard Nate Robinson to the Celtics.

The second-year swingman is averaging 11.4 points in 11 games with

his new team, and he’s scored 22.0 per game while shooting 17 of 25

in his last two contests.

“It’s been fun,” Walker told the Knicks’ official Web site about

playing in New York. “I’ve always dreamed about playing on a big

stage like this, and I’m just happy I can get the chance. It was

frustrating a bit not getting the chance to show myself, but it is

part of the business and I just had to stay ready. Now it’s paying


A first-time All-Star this season, Lee is averaging a

career-high 20.2 points per game and 22.0 in his last two road

games against Philadelphia.

While New York is hoping to string some wins together, the

struggling 76ers (23-43) would settle for one. Philadelphia has

lost nine of 10 after falling 104-91 at Miami on Sunday.

Swingman Jason Kapono had a team-leading 17 points off the bench

and Andre Iguodala added 15 as the 76ers shot 37.2 percent.

Philadelphia is giving up an average of 106.4 points while losing

10 of 12.

“It was nice to be able to contribute,” said Kapono, who’s

averaging 4.2 points in his first season with the 76ers. “I just

wish we could have won.”

Iguodala is averaging a team-leading 17.0 points on the season,

but he was held to four against the Knicks in January after scoring

a season-high 32 in a 141-127 overtime win at New York on Oct.