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Wednesday, November 25th (All times eastern)

New York Knicks (3-11) at Sacramento Kings (5-8), 10 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Sacramento Kings return home to host the New York Knicks aiming to right the ship after a disastrous road trip.

The Kings, who will play their next four games as the host, finished 0-3 on their recent trek. Most recently, Rudy Gay scored 24 points and grabbed eight rebounds on Monday as Memphis downed Sacramento 116-105.

Tyreke Evans scored a game-high 28 to tie a Sacramento franchise rookie record for consecutive games with 20 or more points (seven), although the Kings lost their fourth straight overall following a four-game winning streak.

Sergio Rodriguez had 16 points and seven assists off the bench, while Omri Casspi provided 15 points in the setback.

Both teams were turnover-prone, as the Kings committed 21 turnovers compared to 17 for the Grizzlies.

"If we can't throw the ball to our team it's going to be a long year," said Kings coach Paul Westphal. "We started the game turning the ball over and kept it up for most of the first three quarters. We couldn't get anything going because our ball-handling was so atrocious."

The Kings, who are 4-2 at ARCO Arena, will also face New Jersey, New Orleans and Indiana on their residency.

The Knicks, meanwhile, dropped the opener of a three-game western road swing in Los Angeles on Tuesday. Kobe Bryant continued his strong play against New York in that one, pouring in 34 points on 14-of-20 shooting, leading the Lakers to a 100-90 win over the Knicks.

Bryant was facing the Knicks for the first time since dropping a Madison Square Garden-record 61 points on them in February of last season. He was the catalyst Tuesday, scoring eight points during a 17-0 run in the third quarter.

Nate Robinson and Wilson Chandler each had 15 points for the Knicks, who have lost two in a row and are off to their worst start since losing 12 of 15 games to open the 1985-86 season. David Lee had 13 points, Toney Douglas 12 and Danilo Gallinari 11 in defeat.

"It's hard to play against a team with three 7-footers," said Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni. "They're a really good team. Until someone says something different, they're the champs."

New York, which is 2-4 as the visitor this year, will finish its trip with a visit to Denver.

The Kings have won 10 of their last 12 home games with the Knicks but did drop last year's encounter in Sacramento, a 114-90 blowout.

11/25 10:34:59 ET


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