NBA Game Summary - New York at Sacramento
(Friday, February 4th)
Final Score: Sacramento 116, New York 115
Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) - Matt Barnes hit a game-winning free throw with 6.8 seconds remaining to lift the Sacramento Kings to a 116-115 come- from-behind victory over the New York Knicks at ARCO Arena.
Barnes also made a key steal that led to a game-tying basket for the Kings, who overcame an 11-point fourth-quarter deficit to win for the fourth time in five outings. He finished with 16 points as Sacramento scored nine of the final 10 points of the game, including the last six points.
Mike Bibby ended with 40 points and seven assists for Sacramento, which has won 12 of 16 overall. Brad Miller had 35 points and nine boards for the Kings, who have won eight of 10 at home.
"I wasn't going to give up," Bibby said. "We were going to keep fighting until that buzzer went off. I've never had too many comebacks like that. How everybody played is unbelievable."
Stephon Marbury had 37 points and eight assists for New York, which found yet another way to lose in dropping its fourth straight contest. Tim Thomas added a season-high 23 points in his return from a right calf strain, as the Knicks have dropped 11 of 12 and 15 of their last 17 outings.
"This one is more disappointing than all of them," said Marbury. "We had them down, and we basically didn't put them down. Mike Bibby played great, the best I've ever seen him play."
Anfernee Hardaway had a horrid final seconds for New York, which was outscored 17-5 after taking a 110-99 lead with four minutes remaining.
Bibby had eight points during the burst, starting it with a jumper with 3 1/2 minutes remaining and starting a dramatic turn of events in the final minute.
With 37 seconds left, Bibby hit a three-pointer to draw the Kings within 115-113. Hardaway then committed his first error, throwing away the inbounds pass, which was picked up by Barnes and dished to Miller, who hit the tying bucket with 31 ticks remaining.
Miller did miss a free throw that would have given the Kings the lead, but that didn't matter.
On New York's next possession, Hardaway missed a three-pointer with 12 seconds on the clock, giving the ball back to Sacramento. Hardaway then fouled Barnes with 6.8 left. Barnes hit the second of the two free throws for the one-point lead.
New York's last chance ended with Hardaway dribbling into a double team and losing the ball as time ran out.
The Knicks led for most of the contest. New York held a 29-28 edge after one and a 61-54 advantage going into halftime. The club held a 90-80 lead going into the final frame. Marbury scored 18 points in the third quarter on 7-of-7 shooting.
Barnes' free throw gave the Kings their first lead of the second half.
The Kings continue to play without three starters as Chris Webber, Peja Stojakovic and Cuttino Mobley all missed the game with various injuries.
Thomas was activated off the injured list prior to the game after missing the last nine contests because of a strained right calf.
To make room for Thomas, the Knicks placed guard Moochie Norris on the IL with an Achilles' tendon problem...New York's Nazr Mohammed left the game in the fourth quarter with a strained right groin. He finished with 16 points and 10 boards and left the Knicks without an inside scorer in the final minutes...Trevor Ariza had 12 points for New York.
02/05 01:50:38 ET