Knicks Complete West Coast Swing With Easy Victory Over Sacramento

The Knicks found their missing offense in an easy victory over the Sacramento Kings on Saturday night

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Knicks 114, Kings 92: Knicks Find Offense, Get 'Must Win'

Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) - Carmelo Anthony had 23 points and was one of six Knicks in double-figures as New York dismantled Sacramento, 114-92, on Saturday night.

Tyson Chandler finished with 22 points, seven rebounds and three blocks and Landry Fields added 21 points and five rebounds for New York, which played without Amare Stoudemire due to a left ankle sprain.

"For me it was a must win," Anthony said about the game. "I was preaching that to the team when we got here before the game."

Marcus Thornton netted 14 points for the Kings, who have lost three straight since opening the season with a win over the Lakers.

The Knicks went on a 19-2 run in the first quarter and never looked back. The run was capped when Fields' layup gave New York a 24-12 advantage. Fields had eight points during the run.

Josh Harrellson banked in a three-pointer from the left wing as New York eclipsed the 20-point barrier, 41-20, early in the second quarter.

The Knicks connected on 8-of-17 from beyond the arc in the first half en route to a 56-42 advantage.

New York led by as many as 29 in the fourth quarter before coasting to an easy win.

"They jumped on us early. They were hitting three's and they were executing," Kings head coach Paul Westphal said. "We were never able to fall back into the game."

Final - 12.31.2011 1 2 3 4 Total
New York Knicks 35 21 22 36 114
Sacramento Kings 20 22 23 27 92

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Amar'e Stoudemire Injury: Knicks Forward Out For Kings Game

Knicks power forward Amar'e Stoudemire sprained his left ankle during the fourth quarter of the Knicks blowout loss to the Los Angles Lakers on Thursday. According to Howard Beck of the New York Times Amar'e will not play tonight's game against the Sacramento Kings.

Amare Stoudemire will sit out tonight's game in Sacto to rest his sprained ankle.

It's early, but the 29 year-old Stoudemire is not having a good season. He's averaging 17 points – down from 25 last season. He's only shooting 40 percent from the field – down from 50 percent last year, an abysmal for a big man. And he's turning the ball over at a high rate – three per game.

Already thin in the front court, the Knicks may have trouble with DeMarcus Cousins and the Kings big men without Stoudemire tonight.

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Knicks Vs. Kings: New York Wraps Up Three-Game Western Swing

The West Coast surely hasn't been as kind as the New York Knicks had hoped, but the Knicks get another chance to overcome their early struggles on Saturday night at 8 p.m. ET (MSG) when they wrap up a three-game road trip against the Sacramento Kings.

The left side of the country has already delivered the Knicks two losses and handed Amare Stoudemire a sprained ankle. Stoudemire suffered the ankle injury during New York's 99-82 loss against the Los Angeles Lakers, the Knicks' second consecutive double-digit defeat after falling to Golden State 92-78. He did not practice on Friday and his availability against the Kings is still uncertain.

The Kings have lost two straight since a promising victory against the Los Angeles Lakers to open the season. Marcus Thornton has led the way with 20.3 points per game, joined in double figures by Tyreke Evans (14.3 points), DeMarcus Cousins (14.3 points and 11.3 rebounds) and Jimmer Fredette (10.0 points).

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Amar'e Stoudemire Injures Ankle, May Miss Next Game

The New York Knicks were blown out by the Los Angeles Lakers on national TV lThursday night, as they lost by a final score of 99-82. Adding injury to insult, Knicks power forward Amar'e Stoudmire sprained his left ankle in the fourth quarter and may not play Saturday against Sacramento, according to Stoudemire himself.

[Amar'e] would not guarantee he'd play Saturday vs. the Kings. "I have it wrapped up, I'll get an assessment (Friday) on it and see how it feels,'' Stoudemire said.

Prior to the injury Stoudemire played an abysmal game. He finished with 15 points, 2 rebounds and 4 turnovers. He missed 13 of his 17 shots and had four of his shot attempts blocked by Lakers. Through three games this season Amar'e is shooting 40 percent from the field – nearly 14 percent below his career average.

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Knicks At Lakers: New York Tries To Bounce Back At Staples Center

The New York Knicks try to rebound from their first loss of the season on Thursday when they visit the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center in California (10:30 p.m. ET/TNT). The 1-1 Knicks dropped their first game of the season on Wednesday, falling 92-78 to the Golden State Warriors. The Lakers come into the contest at 1-2 on the young season.

After dropping their first two games of the season to the Chicago Bulls and Sacramento Kings, the Lakers notched their first win of the season on Tuesday at home against the Utah Jazz in their third game in as many nights. The Knicks are in the midst of a crowded schedule of their own, as they’ll play three games in four nights on a West Coast swing that wraps up on Saturday in Sacramento.

New York struggled from the field in the loss to the Warriors, Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire particularly. The two Knicks’ stars combined to go just 8-of-27 from the field, with Anthony making just three field goals. Newly-acquired center Tyson Chandler got into foul trouble, finishing with just two points and three rebounds. The Knicks won’t win many games with that sort of production from their frontline, and certainly would struggle vs. the Lakers if that were the case again tonight.

The Lakers are in a transition even though they still have two of the best players in the sport in Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol. Gone is ultimate glue-guy Lamar Odom, traded to the Dallas Mavericks (and not really replaced quite yet), and former Cavaliers coach Mike Brown now runs the sideline upon the retirement of Phil Jackson.

This will be the first of two meetings between the teams this season. The Lakers visit the Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Friday, Feb. 10.


Warriors 92, Knicks 78: New York 'Rush'ed In Oakland

Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Monta Ellis scored 12 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter, sparking the Warriors to a 92-78 victory over the Knicks.

Brandon Rush stepped up in the absence of Stephen Curry with 19 points for Golden State, which turned a tie game heading to the final stanza into a rout.

Ish Smith filled in for the injured Curry (ankle) and totaled 11 points, six rebounds and four assists in the Warriors' second straight victory.

"We're a no-excuse basketball team," said first-year head coach Mark Jackson. "Whoever is in the game, whoever is playing, our mission stays the same."

Amare Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony scored 16 and 13 points, respectively, but shot a combined 8-for-27 from the field for the Knicks, who were coming off a Christmas Day win over the Boston Celtics.

Dominic McGuire opened the fourth-quarter scoring with a layup to ignite an 8-1 run that gave the Warriors a 72-65 lead.

Dorell Wright's three-pointer near the midway point gave Golden State an 81-70 lead, and Ellis took over from there with eight straight points.

Ellis went 4-of-17 from the floor in the first three quarters, but came out of the funk with a pair of three-pointers around two free throws, resulting in an 89-70 cushion the Warriors held on to over the final four minutes.

The Knicks held a 23-21 lead after 12 minutes and owned the biggest lead of the first half, 36-28, following a Landry Fields dunk with 4:18 remaining in the second quarter.

The visitors were on top, 43-37, at the break, but Rush erupted for 12 points in the third. Rush's three-pointer at the buzzer tied it, 64-64.

Game Notes

The Warriors end their season-opening four-game homestand against Philadelphia on Saturday...The Knicks are back at it on Thursday against the Lakers...New York hasn't opened the season with back-to-back wins since going 3-0 in 1999-00...Ellis also handed out a game-high eight assists...Stoudemire pulled down 10 rebounds, but the Knicks were beaten on the glass, 47-31...Fields and Bill Walker each scored 14 points for New York.

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