After coming off of an impressive victory against the Golden State Warriors on Thursday night, the New York Knicks fell to the Sacramento Kings 103-94 at Golden 1 Center. The loss snapped a three-game win streak for the Knicks, while Sacramento ended a four-game skid with the win.
Julius Randle led the Knicks in scoring with 26 points, while De’Aaron Fox led the Kings with 22. Sacramento only made three baskets in the final six minutes of the fourth quarter, but huge free throws locked down a win.
First Half Highlights
The game started off on a rather interesting note after the Kings scored the opening basket. A shot clock malfunction occurred 28 seconds in, which delayed the game a few minutes. The first quarter was very back and forth for about the first 6-7 minutes. A three-ball from De’aaron Fox led a 10-2 Kings run over the course of the next few minutes, with Sacramento jumping out to a 23-13 lead. The Kings only scored two more points the rest of the quarter, leading to a 12-2 run for the Knicks. New York closed out the quarter on a high note with points for Julius Randle and Emmanuel Quickley to give the Knicks a 26-25 lead.
New York started off the second quarter on a stronger note, with an and-1 from Alec Burks to extend the lead to 29-25. Chimezie Metu put down a slam dunk off of a rebound from Glenn Robinson III, making the score 30-29 Sacramento. The Knicks took the lead back a few minutes after, taking advantage of two miscues by the Kings. As the quarter went on it remained a back and forth contest, with New York taking a few more leads. Tyrese Haliburton shined for the Kings in the second quarter and throughout the remainder of the game. Haliburton generated some nice buckets in the second. The Knicks led at the end of the first half by a score of 54-49.
New York opened up the scoring in the second half with a bucket from RJ Barrett. The Knicks led for the first half of the third quarter, with their highest lead being five points. Halfway through the Kings came back, a layup from Harrison Barnes knotted it up at 65. New York had appeared to have lost their defensive intensity. Sacramento eventually took a 68-67 lead, their first of the quarter. The Kings led for the rest of the quarter but the Knicks kept the game very close. At the end of the third quarter, the Kings led the ballgame by a score of 76-70.
Sacramento extended the lead to seven with a three from Corey Joseph, who came up clutch for most of the fourth. The Kings also went on a 10-2 run, making the score 84-74. The run was ended by a corner three from Kevin Knox. With six minutes to go the Kings led 89-79. Big plays by Alec Burks and Julius Randle drew the Knicks within six points, but a big three from Tyrese Haliburton made it a nine-point game. Julius Randle scored two more to cut the Kings lead to seven. New York widdled down the Sacramento lead to just 2 at one point. A run by the Kings made the mountain for the Knicks to climb even steeper. A dagger throwdown from De’Aaron Fox pretty much ended all hope of a Knicks comeback, making it 98-89 Sacramento. The Kings defeated the Knicks by a score of 103-94. The win snapped a nine-game streak in which the Sacramento defense allowed 115 or more points.
The Knicks were not able to get that much going on the offensive side of the floor. The team went 3-18 from beyond the arc through three quarters. Reggie Bullock and Nerlens Noel each totaled zero points, and Elfrid Payton only scored 7, shooting 3-12. Immanuel Quickley also had a rough go, shooting 3 of 9. The Sacramento Kings defense shined, especially rookie Tyrese Haliburton. Haliburton scored 16 points, with a few of those coming down the stretch. Haliburton also played another really good game on defense, finishing with 2 steals and 4 blocks. Sacramento embarks on a four-game road trip, beginning against Orlando on 1/27. The Knicks continue their west coast trip against Portland tomorrow at 10 PM EST.