New York Knicks defeat New Orleans Hornets, 113-96

With a three-game winning streak going into Friday's game at New Orleans, the Knicks won't be taken too lightly.

The Hornets won't look past the Knicks, who have won four of their last five, for one very important - some would say embarrassing - reason: When Mike D'Antoni's squad was 1-9, their lone win had been over New Orleans.

"New Orleans is tough at home, and I know they'll be really motivated after us beating them here," David Lee said yesterday afternoon at th...

1. Lakers (17-3; Last Week 1)After they smoked the Jazz for their 10th straight win, Phil Jackson remarked, "We'll lose a game." It would make it more interesting, if they ever do. After playing 17 of their first 21 games at home, they finally hit the road, on their longest winning streak in six years.

2. Orlando (17-4*; LW 2)Tearing through the competition, the Magic's next test might not be until Christmas Day, when Boston arrives in town.

3. Boston (17-4*; LW 5)Th...

NEW ORLEANS - After the Knicks extended their winning streak to four games Friday night with a 113-96 thrashing of the New Orleans Hornets, the talk in their joyous locker room included a word you haven't heard much from the Garden's tenants over the past few seasons.

That word is, playoffs.

The Knicks were feeling that good about themselves as they left the New Orleans Arena on their longest winning streak since January of 2006. They have gone 7-6 since getting off ...