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GAME RECAP: Knicks 107, Kings 99

Knicks win, I guess.

JR Smith tied the franchise record for 3-pointers in a game and the Knicks still only managed to squeak by one of the Western Conference’s bottom feeders. Then again, for what it’s worth, we’re not too far removed from the Los Angeles Lakers scoring 51 points in a quarter so maybe we should simply be happy with wins no matter the delivery.

Pardon my tone, but I’m struggling to find something galvanizing or motivating about this one. It’s no secret; Sacramento is a bad team, and to see the Knicks almost give it away in the closing quarter (these guys really hate the second half) AGAIN just leaves a bad taste in the mouth. Isaiah Thomas missed the game due to injury, Rudy Gay was pitifully ineffective, and the win was still in question with some 40-odd seconds left on the clock. The Knicks face just one more team under .500 for the rest of the season with Atlanta’s lead at 2 games. I’m still not a believer.

WHAT WENT RIGHT:

  • Catch-N-Shoot JR Smith really is the best JR Smith. 17 points in the first half, 29 total, and a franchise record tying NINE 3-pointers punctuated a ridiculous night from one the league’s streakiest shooters. He was simply on fire, and it seemed like every time the Knicks needed to answer a Sacramento push, Earl was there with the answer.
  • Carmelo Anthony. An efficient 36 points and 5 rebounds. Ho-hum.
  • Despite his poor shooting night, Felton filled up the stat sheet, notching 10 assists to go with his impressive 7 boards.

WHAT WENT WRONG:

  • DeMarcus Cousins wore Tyson Chandler OUT last night. 32 points on 15 shots, 15 rebounds, 8 assists, and 2 blocks. Sweet Jesus.
  • Preeeeeety sure Melo rolled his ankle late in the 4th quarter. He said he was fine in the post game, but we’ll have to wait for the official report.

KNICK KNACKS:

  • The Knicks won their 30th game tonight! They won their 30th game last season….in February.
  • New York’s five-game road trip resumes Friday at Phoenix against the Suns.