Amare Stoudemire was 10 for 10 from the field for 21 points, and the New York Knicks unleashed a 38-4 run on Sacramento in the first half...
NEW YORK — Amare Stoudemire was 10 for 10 from the field for 21 points, and the New York Knicks unleashed a 38-4 run on Sacramento in the first half and clobbered the Kings 120-81 on Saturday night for their fourth straight victory.
The Knicks trailed by 10 when Stoudemire entered in the first quarter, then went on to challenge the franchise-record victory margin of 48 points.
It was an awesome display by New York in front of some special guests: 150 children, their families and teachers from Sandy Hook Elementary School. The Knicks didn’t even need much from leading scorer Carmelo Anthony, who tied a season low with nine points and had his run of 20-point games snapped at 31, a franchise season record.
Tyson Chandler had 11 points and 20 rebounds, becoming the first Knicks player with consecutive 20-board games since Marcus Camby in 2001.
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Stoudemire changed the game with his energy and scoring and finished one basket shy of tying the team record for field goals without a miss.
DeMarcus Cousins had 25 points and nine rebounds for the Kings.
“I don’t know what happened, man,” said Kings guard Tyreke Evans, who shot 3 of 10 for seven points. “We missed a lot of layups. I missed a lot of layups. I think it was the worst game I ever played in the NBA.”
Percentages: FG .421, FT .733. Three-point goals: 6-21, .286 (Fredette 2-3, I.Thomas 2-7, Salmons 1-2, Thornton 1-3, Cousins 0-1, Outlaw 0-2, Garcia 0-3). Team rebounds: 5. Team turnovers: 19 (22 PTS). Blocked shots: 2 (Evans, Robinson). Turnovers: 18 (Cousins 3, Evans 3, Salmons 3, Fredette 2, Robinson 2, Garcia, Hayes, I.Thomas, Thompson, Thornton). Steals: 8 (Cousins, Evans, Hayes, Outlaw, Robinson, I.Thomas, Thompson, Thornton). Technical fouls: None.
Percentages: FG .547, FT .538. Three-point goals: 19-43, .442 (Smith 7-14, Novak 5-7, Prigioni 1-1, K.Thomas 1-1, Copeland 1-3, Kidd 1-3, Shumpert 1-3, Felton 1-4, Anthony 1-6, Brewer 0-1). Team rebounds: 6. Team turnovers: 17 (16 PTS). Blocked shots: 1 (Felton). Turnovers: 17 (Felton 4, Chandler 3, Prigioni 3, White 2, Anthony, Copeland, Kidd, Stoudemire, K.Thomas). Steals: 8 (Prigioni 2, Smith 2, Anthony, Brewer, Chandler, White). Technical fouls: None.
|Sacramento||22||11||19||29 — 81|
|New York||25||31||41||23 — 120|
Attendance: 19,033 (19,763). Time: 2:05. Officials: Tom Washington, Pat Fraher, Karl Lane.