Originally posted on ZagsBlog.com:

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- The Knicks haven’t won an Atlantic Division title in 19 years.

The Celtics have won five in a row.

Tonight the first place Knicks (23-10, 13-3 at home) will try to take another step toward separating themselves from the Celtics (16-17. 6-11 road) by winning the first encounter between the teams this year.

“Tonight is a big game. Anytime you have the opportunity to face a division rival and be able to gain a full game, it’s always good,” Knicks center Tyson Chandler said.

The Knicks enter the day 4 1/2 games ahead of Brooklyn and seven ahead of the Celtics for the division lead.

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