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Mike Woodson set a goal for the team before this 6-game homestand began. The challenge remains with 2 to go. More:
Woodson wants the Knicks (19-6) to have 20 or more wins before they board the charter to Los Angeles on Christmas Eve. There are two games left, Friday against the Bulls and Sunday against the Timberwolves.
The team is 3-1 so far on this six-game homestand and 11-1 at the Garden this season. After many years of struggling to win at home, Woodson's Knicks (22-2 at MSG since he took over) have reclaimed the famous court as an advantage.
"It's very important that we finish out this home stretch strong," Tyson Chandler said. "Coach has been preaching since training camp to make sure the Garden is our house. Make sure teams know they've got to go somewhere else to get a win."
Monday's trip to L.A. starts a three-game West Coast swing, which begins Christmas Day at Staples Center against the Lakers, a back-to-back on Dec. 26 at Phoenix and ends Dec. 28 in Sacramento.
It will be the first time the Knicks have left New York City since returning from a three-game road trip on Dec. 8. They will have been "home" for 16 straight days, with just one road game (at Brooklyn on Dec. 11) in that span.