Notebook: Knicks 120, Kings 81



Posted Feb 2, 2013 10:29 PM

Adam Zagoria, for NBA.com

THE FACTS: J.R. Smith tallied 25 points off the bench, Amar'e Stoudemire scored a season-high 21 and Tyson Chandler posted 11 points and 20 rebounds points as the Knicks blew out the Sacramento Kings 120-81 at Madison Square Garden.

The Knicks (30-15) are 15 games over .500 for the first time since April 13, 2001. They have now won four straight and five of six to move within a half game of the Miami Heat for the Eastern Conference's best record.

If the Heat lose Sunday at Toronto, Knicks coach Mike Woodson will coach the East in the All-Star Game. Carmelo Anthony and Chandler are both on the East squad, with Anthony named a starter.

DeMarcus Cousins had 25 points and nine rebounds for the Kings (17-32), who have lost three straight and seven of eight.

New York avenged a buzzer-beating 106-105 loss at Sacramento Dec. 28.


QUOTABLE: "You gotta have the mindset that you want to come in and dominate...You want to be a spark off the bench and that's what I came in to do tonight."
-- Stoudemire on MSG.

THE STAT: The Knicks tied their season-high by going 19-of-43 from beyond the arc, while the Kings made 6-of-21. For the Knicks, Smith went 7-of-14 from deep and Steve Novak was 5-of-7. Half of New York's 86 shot attempts were 3's.

THE STAT II: Led by Smith, Stoudemire, Novak and Kurt Thomas (season-high 11 points), the Knicks' bench outscored the Kings' reserves, 82-38.

TURNING POINT: The Knicks trailed by as many as 12 points in the first quarter but then rattled off a 50-15 sustained spurt to take the first half, 56-33. In the second quarter alone, New York outscored Sacramento, 31-11, and made 7-of-11 from beyond the arc. Novak was a perfect 4-of-4 from deep for 12 points in the second period. The Knicks then punished the Kings, 41-19, in the third period and led by as many as 50 points.

QUOTABLE II: "I'm not sitting here holding my breath thinking about coaching the All-Star team. I'm looking at the big picture and the big picture is trying to get this team to the Finals and try to win an NBA championship."
-- Woodson.

WHO'S HOT: Stoudemire went 10-of-10 from the field, the most field goals without a miss this season by an NBA player and one shy of the Knicks' record for made field goals without a miss. In his last three games, he's gone 22-of-27. Entering this game, he was averaging 16 points and 5.6 rebounds in his last eight games.

WHO'S NOT: The Kings' backcourt of Tyreke Evans and Isaiah Thomas went a combined 6-of-23 for 15 points and 10 assists.

QUOTABLE III: "He's playing at a high level. He goes 10-for-10 and he's doing it inside and outside now. He's been great."
-- Woodson on Stoudemire.

NOTABLE: Anthony's franchise-record of 31 straight 20-point games came to an end as he finished with nine points on 4-of-12 shooting.

NOTABLE II: Chandler notched back-to-back 20-rebound games.

QUOTABLE IV: "There's not a team we can't beat in this league if we come committed to play for 48 minutes."
-- Woodson.

INSIDE THE ARENA: Twenty-some children from the Newtown (Conn.) Choir sang the national anthem.

UP NEXT: For the Knicks, Monday vs. Detroit, Wednesday @ Washington, Friday @ Minnesota. For the Kings, Monday @ Utah, Saturday vs. Utah, Sunday vs. Houston.