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Toronto (29-22) at New York (19-29) 7:30 pm EST ---------------------------------------------------------------- NEW YORK (Ticker) -- The New York Knicks seek a sweep of their three-game season series with the Toronto Raptors when the Eastern Conference teams match up at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday.

New York has not won a series with Toronto since the 1997-98 season and not swept the Raptors since the '96-'97 campaign.

The Knicks had lost eight of their last 10 regular season contests with the Raptors before this campaign, but New York posted a 102-94 home triumph on Christmas and a 96-92 win at the Air Canada Centre on January 23. The Raptors also beat the Knicks in five games in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs last season.

New York is reeling entering Wednesday's meeting, having lost four of five games overall. The Knicks are only one-half game in front of the last-place Miami Heat in the Atlantic Division.

On Tuesday, the Knicks lost at Orlando, 122-114, to fall 10 games under .500 at 19-29, matching a season high.

Kurt Thomas scored 23 points and Shandon Anderson added 22 for the Knicks, who allowed more than 120 points in regulation for the first time since February 14, 1996. The Knicks gave up 127 in a double-overtime victory at Milwaukee on January 26.

New York shot 51 percent (46-90) from the field but allowed the Magic to hit at 57 percent (46-of-81).

Toronto has lost three of five, including a 99-81 setback at Cleveland on Tuesday in the Raptors' first game without All-Star Vince Carter since he was placed on the injured list Tuesday. Carter will be out at least four more games with a sprained left quadriceps tendon.

Carter suffered the injury in Toronto's 80-74 overtime triumph over San Antonio last Thursday after landing awkwardly while driving to the basket. Forward Jerome Williams (sprained right ankle) also was placed on the injured list.

Toronto is fourth in the East, one-half game behin the Boston Celtics and 1 1/2 games ahead of the Washington Wizards and Detroit Pistons.

In the loss to the Cavaliers, Keon Clark scored 18 points and Morris Peterson added 17. The Raptors shot just 42 percent (33-of-79) from the floor and trailed by at least 12 points throught the second half.

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