NBA Game Summary - Sacramento at New York
(Tuesday, January 4th)
Final Score: Sacramento 105, New York 98
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Chris Webber led five players in double figures with 22 points, as the Sacramento Kings captured their fourth straight victory, a 105-98 triumph over the Knicks at Madison Square Garden.
Webber also pulled down 11 rebounds, while Peja Stojakovic added 21 points. Mike Bibby tallied a season-high 19 for the Kings, who opened a four-game road swing. Brad Miller and Maurice Evans each netted 16 points in the victory.
Stephon Marbury led the way for the Knicks with 26 points and seven assists. New York has now dropped two straight on the heels of a three-game winning streak. Nazr Mohammed chipped in 22 points and 11 rebounds and Alan Houston added a season-high 21 points in the losing effort.
"We didn't get the stops we needed," said Houston. "They are a very good team."
Entering the second quarter with a one-point lead, the Kings busted out of the gate in the second and used a 12-1 run in the first three-plus minutes to move ahead 34-22. A dunk by Greg Ostertag started the spurt before Bibby added five points and an Evans three-pointer capped it.
The rest of the second quarter saw Sacramento not only hold its big lead, but increase it to 16 when Miller nailed a pair of free throws to give the visitors a 52-36 advantage.
"We needed to come out more focused on the road and we did," said Webber.
The Kings eventually led 56-43 at the break.
However, the Knicks took a cue from their opponents as the second half unfolded, going on a big run of their own to cut their deficit.
A 25-11 New York run extended through six and a half minutes and put the Knicks in front by one, 68-67. Mohammed started the half with a driving layup and Marbury ignited things with a long three-pointer. Several minutes later, Marbury's driving layup and ensuing foul shot brought the Knicks within one before the comeback was completed by Houston's jumper with 5:35 to go in the frame.
The Knicks, though, trailed 81-79 after 36 minutes.
Late in the fourth quarter, the contest remained close and a Kurt Thomas jumper brought New York within 98-95 with 1:35 to go. But Webber answered on the other end with a bucket to give the Kings a five-point edge.
"In the fourth quarter, we couldn't put forth the same energy (as the third quarter)," Marbury said.
When Tim Thomas missed a three-pointer for the Knicks, Miller's layup increased the Sacramento lead to 102-95 with 40 seconds remaining and the Knicks could not recover.
Sacramento improved to 14-1 this season when holding opponents to under 100 points...Stojakovic has now scored in double-digits in all 29 of Sacramento's games this season...The Kings, who have won eight of their last nine road games, snapped a seven-game losing skid in New York...The Knicks fell to 10-6 at home this season...New York shot 47 percent from the floor compared to 51 percent for the visitors.
01/05 00:06:50 ET