The Sacramento Kings defeated the New York Knicks tonight, 103-94, posting a first win after four defeats.
Last night’s game saw both teams going back and forth, but in the end, it were the Kings who managed to keep their lead and successfully close this one.
The home team had a double-digit lead early on, 23-13. De’Aaron Fox’s points lifted the Kings to a double-digit lead with 4:39 left in the first, but that gap was erased until the same sequence.
New York was up slightly throughout the second quarter and the first part of the third. Midway through the same, the Kings shifted into higher gear, taking over the lead. They would keep the same until the end, although Luke Walton’s crew had many problems while doing the same.
The Knicks had one big push, which saw them coming down to just two points, 89-87. The guests from the Big Apple were pretty bad in the attack in those moments, which helped Kings in securing the victory. Sacramento collected its points from the free-throw line, missing just one of eight shots over the final few minutes.
Fox scored 22 points, a team-high, and had seven assists, with three boards, but his shooting performance was not good at all, with 7 hits in 20 shots. Harrison Barnes added 21 points with 8 rebounds and seven assists,
Bagley and Richaun Holmes both had double-doubles. Bagley scored 10 points, the same as Holmes, but he had three boards fewer, 11, compared to 14 from the starting center.
Buddy Hield once again played badly. The sharpshooting guard had 11 points in 29 minutes, with six boards, but shooting 4-for-11 from the field. Tyrese Haliburton was very good off the bench, with 16 points in 31 minutes.
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Julius Randle led the guests with 26 points and 15 rebounds. The strong forward was 10-for-11 from the free-throw line. RJ Barrett was behind with 21 buckers and seven rebounds, but just three assists. Mitchell Robinson posted another double-double with 12 points and 10 boards, and these three guys were the only ones with a double-digit number of baskets.
The Knicks have two more matches on the road before going back home. The first is in Portland against the Trail Blazers on Sunday, and after that in Salt Lake City vs. Jazz two days later.
Sacramento begins a four-game tour in Orlando against the Magic. After that, they visit the Raptors, the Heat, and finally the Pelicans.