NBA Game Summary - New York at Sacramento|
(Wednesday, March 26th)
Final Score: New York 107, Sacramento 99
Sacramento, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Carmelo Anthony scored 36 points to lead
the New York Knicks to a 107-99 win over the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday.
J.R. Smith registered 29 points with a franchise record-tying nine 3-pointers
for the Knicks, who snapped their two-game losing skid.
Amar'e Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler scored 12 and 10 points, respectively, in
New York kept its slim playoff hopes alive and pulled within two games of
eighth place Atlanta for the final spot in the Eastern Conference.
"It was a total team effort," said Knicks head coach Mike Woodson. "We are
going to need that the rest of the way."
DeMarcus Cousins tallied 32 points with 15 rebounds and Ben McLemore notched
16 points in the setback, Sacramento's fourth in its last six games.
Travis Outlaw scored 15 and Rudy Gay chipped in with 14 for the Kings.
Sacramento point guard Isaiah Thomas missed the contest with a quad contusion.
"I loved the fight, I loved the fact that we played with a lot of energy,"
said Kings coach Michael Malone. "I'm disappointed with our defensive effort
as a whole. Give them credit. They made shots, they executed and they played
like it was a must-win game for them."
Smith's 3-pointer at the end of the first gave the Knicks a 31-28 lead
entering the second.
An 11-1 run midway through the second helped the Knicks to a 50-36 lead. Tim
Hardaway Jr. opened the run with a a jumper and then closed it with a pair of
free throws at 5:22.
Smith knocked down another trey minutes later to stretch the lead to 18, then
the Kings cut the deficit to 13 before Anthony converted a jumper to close the
scoring in the second with the Knicks up 63-48 at the break.
Anthony personally opened the third on a 6-0 run after hitting two 3s to push
the halftime lead to 69-48 with just under 9 1/2 minutes to play in the frame.
The Knicks didn't hit another basket for another 2:37 when Iman Shumpert made
a bank shot and Anthony followed with a 3 to make it a 74-50 game.
Cousins then scored seven straight points before McLemore capped a 10-0 run to
cut the deficit to 14, but Anthony followed with a trey to push the spread to
77-60 with 3:33 left.
McLemore and Smith traded 3s to end the stanza with New York leading 86-72
McLemore opened the fourth with a triple to jumpstart an 8-0 run that pulled
Sacramento within six, 86-80, with 9 1/2 minutes to play in the game.
A three-point play from Cousins minutes later cut the deficit to two, but
Smith answered at the other end with a 3 followed by an Stoudemire dunk that
gave the Knicks a 101-94 lead with 2:49 on the clock.
The Kings trailed by five when Anthony hit a pullup jumper with 1:36 remaining
and Sacramento couldn't get any closer than six over the final minute.
New York shot 40-for-73 from the floor, 15-of-26 from beyond the arc and made
12-of-13 attempts from the free throw line ... The Knicks outrebounded the
Kings, 34-32 ... Ray McCallum scored 10 points in place of Thomas in the
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