The New York Knicks beat the Sacramento Kings by 39 points, 120-81, in route to their 30th victory on the year. The Knicks are currently tied with the Miami Heat for first place in the eastern conference, and with a Toronto Raptors win tomorrow, Mike Woodson will head to Houston and coach the Eastern Conference’s All-Star team.
This was a very lopsided game. Right off the bat, Knicks fans were cringing at the basketball being played. Seven minutes through the first quarter, the Knicks’ shot chart looked like this:
Yeah, blood. Lots and lots of blood. More than mid-way through the first, and the Knicks put just six points on the board. They were shooting a painful 14.3%, connecting on just two of their 14 attempts. The Kings, meanwhile, were shooting 58.3%, which allowed for them to jump out to an early 15-6 lead.
After those first seven minutes, though, the Knicks went on a 114-66 run. No, I’m not kidding. The Knicks led by 50 points at one point. Let that sink in. 50. FIVE. ZERO. A NBA team was losing to another NBA team by 50 POINTS.
The Knicks did the bulk of their damage in the second and third periods, holding the Kings to 30 points over the two quarters, while they put up 72.
Here’s a shot chart from the five minute mark in the first through the end of the third quarter:
Steve Novak hit 4/4 threes in the second, and after doing a discount triple check, tried out a new, understated celebration, just extending three fingers. Both are below in .GIF form.
The Kings made just three field goal attempts in the second, two of which happened to be three-pointers.
While Novak excelled from long-range in the second, it was J.R. Smith who lit it up in the third. J.R. connected on 5-8 attempts, scoring 15 of his game-high 25 points in the third.
J.R. was the team’s leading scorer, but he also led the team in celebrations. Below are a few.
Yeah, the Kings’ struggle was real:
The Knicks sat their entire starting lineup, J.R. Smith and Steve Novak/Amare Stoudemire played fewer than four minutes in the the fourth. The Kings put up 29 points, narrowing the Knicks’ lead by six.
Kurt “Crazy Eyes” Thomas went 5-6 for 11 points in the quarter. He even hit a three pointer. Don’t believe me? Fine. Take a look for yourself:
- Amare Stoudemire was really, really good. He went 10-10, grabbed six rebounds and scored 21 points. He’s looking like vintage Amare, beating defenders off the dribble, hitting mid-ranger jumpers, and just competing as hard as he can.
- Speaking of vintage STAT, here’s a nice little dunk he had off a dribble-drive:
- Amare Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler played nine minutes together tonight, during which they posted an offensive rating of 135.6 and a defensive rating of 61.5. Yeah, they had a net rating of +74.1 points per 100 possessions.
- Now, right as you might say, “START STAT,” the three-man lineup of Amare Stoudemire, J.R. Smith and Steve Novak – aka the second unit – posted an offensive rating of 186.7 and a defensive rating of 54.7 in eight minutes. A NET RATING OF 131.9 POINTS PER 100 POSSESSIONS.
- Seeing the Knicks battle back from a really slow start was encouraging. As was seeing Stoudemire excel.
- … KURT THOMAS HIT A THREE-POINTER. IT’S 2013.
- The Knicks’ biggest lead was 50, but they trailed by 12 points at one point.
- 120 points, yet Melo scored just nine. This team is deeeeeep and I think this win exhibited that pretty well.
- The bench scored 82 points, which is a franchise record.
- It’s also more than the Kings scored as a team.
That’s all, folks. Time to root for the Raptors, so we can see Mike Woodson in Houston! 30-15 is pretty cool, too.