A lack of late-game execution has cost both the New York Knicks and New Jersey Nets recently.
The two struggling Atlantic Division rivals try to right themselves Saturday night at Madison Square Garden, where the embattled Knicks host the Nets.
New York (8-15) is 3-5 in games decided by five or fewer points, but two of those losses have come in the last two games. After Amar'e Stoudemire failed to hit a game-tying 3-pointer in the final seconds of Thursday's 105-102 home loss to Chicago, both Landry Fields and reserve Steve Novak - who had not played the entire game prior to his insertion with four seconds remaining - missed late shots of their own as the Knicks squandered a 12-point second-half lead in a 91-89 defeat Friday at Boston.
"They were doubling and doing a good job. That's why other guys had to step up and make shots.'' New York coach Mike D'Antoni said after his team's final shots were not taken by Stoudemire or Carmelo Anthony, who had a team-high 26 points.