Bibby, Miller Lift Kings Past Slumping Knicks
Sacramento 106, New York 102 (OT)
NEW YORK, Jan. 25 (Ticker) -- The Sacramento Kings found a team with more problems than them.
Mike Bibby had 35 points and 10 assists and Brad Miller added 25 and 15 rebounds as the Kings rallied around each other for a 106-102 victory over the New York Knicks, who have lost six straight games.
It has been a rough season for the Kings (18-24), who are in last place in the Pacific Division and are on pace to miss the playoffs for the first time since 1998. While trying to incorporate new players, they have been hit hard by injuries.
After spending Tuesday going back and forth on the acquisition of the temperamental Artest and losing to Philadelphia, Sacramento - playing for ther fourth time in five nights - bounced back to win for the first time on its six-game road trip.
"It's not anything we can control," Bibby said of the off-court distractions. "We just have to go out and play. We needed a win and we thought this was a game we could get so we had to go out and get it."
"This was a great win for us," Kings coach Rick Adelman said. "We've been struggling, injured, with four games in five nights. But we stayed with it and got it done."
At the end of a fourth quarter that featured seven lead changed and seven ties, Miller had a chance to win the game but split a pair of free throws with 1.3 seconds left, barely bouncing the second one in off the front rim.
New York's Qyntel Woods, who had season highs of 14 points and 12 rebounds, opened overtime with a 3-pointer, but the Knicks missed their next six shots.
Meanwhile, Bibby buried consecutive jumpers, then found Kenny Thomas for a three-point play for a 96-92 edge at the 1:42 mark.
After scoring just nine points in the first half, Bibby had 12 in the third quarter, six in the fourth and eight in overtime.
"I was concerned with (Bibby) playing so many minutes (on Tuesday)," Adelman said. "He started out slow but he came around."
"We just had trouble stopping them from scoring," Knicks coach Larry Brown said. "I don't even think we had a chance to put them away."
Miller's two free throws made it 98-92 with 1:28 left, but the Knicks closed within 99-96 on a layup by Stephon Marbury with 30 seconds to go. But Marbury inexplicably fouled Martin and the Kings made 7-of-8 free throws in the final 29 seconds to seal the victory.
"I don't recall the play," Brown said. "We would never foul if we were down three points. I wanted our guys to go for steals."
Thomas collected 13 and 13 rebounds for the shorthanded Kings, who played all five starters at least 40 minutes and had only six players score.
"We didn't have a lot of people on the bench and we needed the young guys to give us consistent minutes," Adelman said. "They're learning and they're getting better."
Marbury scored 22 points on 10-of-18 shooting after missing three games due to a sprained shoulder. Maurice Taylor had 21 points and a season-high 12 rebounds and Eddy Curry added 17 and 10.
New York had an 89-86 edge with 47 seconds left in regulation after Taylor made a driving finger roll. But Miller sank two free throws at the other end and Jamal Crawford missed a wild layup with 10 seconds to go.
Miller went to the basket on the Kings' final possession and drew a foul on Marbury before tying the game from the line. Marbury missed a fadeaway jumper from the left side as time expired.
"We had our chance," Brown said. "Steph had a good look to win the game. We just didn't get it done."