NEW YORK, Jan. 4 (Ticker) -- Chris Webber
hit big shots down the
stretch and Maurice Evans
prevented Stephon Marbury
them to lead the Sacramento Kings to a rare victory in New York.
Webber scored 22 points and knocked down a pair of jumpers in
the closing minutes while Evans shut down Marbury in the fourth
as the Kings continued their strong play on the road with a
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The win was Sacramento's first in Madison Square Garden since
Jan. 13, 1996 and second in its last 22 visits to New York.
But behind Webber's clutch play and Evans' tight defense on
Marbury, the Kings opened a key four-game road trip with their
fourth straight road win. Sacramento began its road schedule by
going winless in the "Texas Triangle" but has gone 8-2 away
from home since.
"We got off to a slow start because the league gave us a reward
for going to China," Kings coach Rick Adelman said. "They put us
in Texas for three games. We weathered that and we're playing
so much better offensively."
Sacramento led 56-43 at halftime but allowed the Knicks to score
36 points in the third, including 12 in the first 2:22. The
Kings took an 81-79 advantage into the fourth but held the
Knicks to just 19 fourth-quarter points.
"We started defending again," Adelman said. "We were just giving
up so many layups but then in the fourth quarter we settled
down, started playing better and got back and then it turned for
The Knicks took their first lead since the opening quarter when
dunked with 5:47 remaining in the third for a
66-65 edge. But they appeared to run out of gas down the
stretch as they shot 35 percent (6-of-17)
in the final 12 minutes, missing several easy baskets.
missed a finger roll that would have cut the lead to
one with just under two minutes left and Sacramento turned the
miss into a dunk by Evans to extend its lead to 98-93.
Webber then iced the game with a 20-footer with 1:18 to go to
push the Kings' lead back to five and hit another long jumper
with 20 seconds left to make it 104-96.
"It was just a play we drew up - a pick-and-roll," Webber said.
"That's what I do, hit those open jumpers."
"He hit two big shots," Adelman said. "I like the patience we
showed. We knew what we wanted to do and we knew he was going
to have an opportunity for a shot the way the Knicks were
defending the pick-and-roll. It comes down to everyone doing
their job. Both shots looked really true when he let them go."
In addition to holding Marbury to just one point in the fourth,
Evans scored a career-high 16 points. Evans, who last year was
playing in Italy, held the Eastern Conference Player of the Week
to 0-of-4 shooting down the stretch.
"I just tried to do the best I could to stay in front of him and
make him shoot over me," Evans said. "I think my length kind of
bothered him a little bit."
In the most productive of his 26 NBA games, the 6-5 shooting
guard made 7-of-9 shots and topped double figures for the third
time in five games.
"Maurice did a great job on both ends of the floor," Sacramento
forward Peja Stojakovic
said. "He's been good the last couple of
games with Martin and Darius Songalia
off the bench."
Marbury scored 17 of his 26 points in the third quarter but
endured a frustrating finish as he failed to score 30 for the
fourth straight game.
"They have a lot of weapons," Marbury said. "They have a bunch
of guys that can do a lot. They made a play on defense every
"We just couldn't get it done," Knicks guard Allan Houston
added. "They are one of the toughest teams to defend in the NBA.
Sometimes it comes down to getting stops in the end and we just
didn't do that."
Mohammed scored 22 in 39 minutes and Houston added a season-high
21 for the Knicks, who fell to 12-11 in games decided by 10
points or less and make their first visit to Eastern
Conference-leading Miami on Wednesday.
New York lost its second straight at home following a three-game
winning streak and also lost forward Mike Sweetney
sprained ankle in the first half.
Stojakovic added 21 and Brad Miller
contributed 16 for the
Kings, who improved to 11-1 vs. Eastern Conference foes this