Derrick Rose and Carmelo Anthony each scored 20 points and the New York Knicks held off the Sacramento Kings 106-98 on Sunday night for their eighth win in 11 games.
The Knicks took a 21-point lead in the first half, gave up 18 consecutive points in the third quarter but outplayed the Kings down the stretch to win their third straight overall and improve to 9-3 at home.
Brandon Jennings added 19 points for New York and Kristaps Porzingis finished with 15 points and 14 rebounds.
DeMarcus Cousins had 36 points and 12 rebounds for the Kings, but shot just 9 for 30 and looked fatigued while struggling late while playing the entire second half.
Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek talked before the game about his team's need to put teams away when building a lead, but instead New York nearly gave back a huge one in this game.
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- This was a great example of complementary basketball. The Knicks had great contributions from a variety of players and they came in bunches. Usually it's nice to see a team fluently sharing the ball. This game came down to riding each player with the hot hand at various points. Four players scored at least 15 points.
- Kyle O'Quinn has been in quite a rhythm, and Hornacek was careful not to disrupt it. O'Quinn was a monster on the boards (nine in 14 minutes) and put together a highlight clip that featured a block, a fast break down the court and an emphatic dunk.
- O'Quinn played valuable minutes, but Joakim Noah still brought the energy as well. He turned out to be a liability at the charity stripe down the stretch, missing four straight. His spunky attitude came in handy, however, especially against a dominant Cousins.
- The Knicks had difficulty getting into a shooting rhythm following some questionable foul calls against them in the first. Stagnant basketball threw New York off early on, but so many missed shots gave way to quite an impressive rebounding effort. This team got after it on the boards. Porzingis boxed out like a beast and limited second chances by Sacramento. His 14 boards led seven other players with at least four. That's great to see against a very physical opponent.
The Knicks face the Miami Heat on the road Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. ET.