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             === Melo and Knicks try to stay hot against Kings ===
 (Sports Network) - The New York Knicks will try to extend their winning streak
 to  four  games on  Saturday night  when they welcome  the Sacramento Kings to
 Madison Square Garden.
 The  Knicks  are 3-0 on this  current homestand, which ends Monday against the
 Detroit  Pistons. New  York has bested the Atlanta Hawks, Orlando Magic and on
 Friday night, the Milwaukee Bucks.
 The  Bucks  took a  six-point lead into  the locker room  at halftime, but the
 Knicks  won the third quarter, 27-20, then took the final frame by a margin of
 "I  thought our third and fourth quarter defense kicked in and secured the win
 for us," said Knicks coach Mike Woodson.
 The Knicks held the Bucks to 31.7 percent shooting and 33 points in the second
 Carmelo  Anthony posted  his franchise-best 31st consecutive game with 20-plus
 points  on Friday. He  finished with 25 and Raymond Felton, who was seen icing
 his recently-repaired hand several times, J.R. Smith and Amare Stoudemire were
 also in double digits.
 Tyson  Chandler,  who will  join Anthony at  his first All-Star  game in a few
 weeks, managed only nine points, but pulled down 20 rebounds.
 "He's  an All Star. You've got to expect that. I expect that," Woodson said of
 his  center.  "When he's  effective like  that, rebounding  and plugging it up
 inside, that helps us defensively."
 The  Kings head to MSG after a tough loss in Philadelphia on Friday night. The
 Sixers  built  a huge lead in  the first half,  then Sacramento got out on the
 break and trimmed the deficit.
 After  scoring  the first five  points of the  fourth quarter, the Kings found
 themselves in the lead at 73-72. Unfortunately for Kings fans, the Sixers went
 on a 17-2 run to re-establish a double-digit lead.
 "We  can't be  like that. We can't  start from behind," said Tyreke Evans. "We
 know  we can play with anybody. We have to be ready every night. We never want
 to lose. When we're down that much, we know we're better than that."
 The  starters  played heavy  minutes in the  second half and  it showed in the
 fourth  quarter.  The Kings  look wiped  and the  Sixers blew  by them to give
 Sacramento its 19th road loss of the season.
 Evans  led  the way  for the  Kings with  29 points  and fellow backcourt mate
 Isaiah  Thomas had  24. DeMarcus  Cousins registered  a double-double  with 12
 points  and  12 boards and he  also became the first  player in the NBA to get
 into double figures with his 10th technical foul.
 The  Kings  defeated the Knicks  on Dec. 28 in  California and have bested New
 York in six of the last eight meetings out east.
 02/02 10:43:52 ET

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