(Sports Network) - The New York Knicks will try to extend their winning streak
to four games on Saturday night when they welcome the Sacramento Kings to
Madison Square Garden.
The Knicks are 3-0 on this current homestand, which ends Monday against the
Detroit Pistons. New York has bested the Atlanta Hawks, Orlando Magic and on
Friday night, the Milwaukee Bucks.
The Bucks took a six-point lead into the locker room at halftime, but the
Knicks won the third quarter, 27-20, then took the final frame by a margin of
"I thought our third and fourth quarter defense kicked in and secured the win
for us," said Knicks coach Mike Woodson.
The Knicks held the Bucks to 31.7 percent shooting and 33 points in the second
Carmelo Anthony posted his franchise-best 31st consecutive game with 20-plus
points on Friday. He finished with 25 and Raymond Felton, who was seen icing
his recently-repaired hand several times, J.R. Smith and Amare Stoudemire were
also in double digits.
Tyson Chandler, who will join Anthony at his first All-Star game in a few
weeks, managed only nine points, but pulled down 20 rebounds.
"He's an All Star. You've got to expect that. I expect that," Woodson said of
his center. "When he's effective like that, rebounding and plugging it up
inside, that helps us defensively."
The Kings head to MSG after a tough loss in Philadelphia on Friday night. The
Sixers built a huge lead in the first half, then Sacramento got out on the
break and trimmed the deficit.
After scoring the first five points of the fourth quarter, the Kings found
themselves in the lead at 73-72. Unfortunately for Kings fans, the Sixers went
on a 17-2 run to re-establish a double-digit lead.
"We can't be like that. We can't start from behind," said Tyreke Evans. "We
know we can play with anybody. We have to be ready every night. We never want
to lose. When we're down that much, we know we're better than that."
The starters played heavy minutes in the second half and it showed in the
fourth quarter. The Kings look wiped and the Sixers blew by them to give
Sacramento its 19th road loss of the season.
Evans led the way for the Kings with 29 points and fellow backcourt mate
Isaiah Thomas had 24. DeMarcus Cousins registered a double-double with 12
points and 12 boards and he also became the first player in the NBA to get
into double figures with his 10th technical foul.
The Kings defeated the Knicks on Dec. 28 in California and have bested New
York in six of the last eight meetings out east.
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