New York 96, Sacramento 84

LAS VEGAS, July 12 -- The New York Knicks had to fight off a frantic fourth quarter rally to defeat the Sacramento Kings 96-84 in the nightcap at Cox Pavilion.

New York jumped on Sacramento early with a 33-18 first quarter advantage. It held that lead for the better part of the game before Sacramento made a late run. Pooh Jeter’s steal and jumper cut the Knick lead to just four points with 2:35 remaining. That was a close as it got for Sacramento, as New York outscored it 12-2 to end the game.

New York never trailed in the contest and led by as many as 22 points.

Knicks’ guard Nate Robinson had led the way with a double-double of a team-high 21 points and 10 assists. In three games this summer, he’s averaging a team-high 17.3 points and 7.0 assists in 28.0 minutes.

Demetris Nichols also had a sound game for the Knicks. The 2007 second round draft pick (#53 overall), registered 17 points while shooting 60.0 percent from the field (6-10 FG) and 75 percent from long-range (3-4 3FG) and handed out four assists in 28 minutes.

2007 first round selection (#10 overall) Spencer Hawes of the Kings, netted 22 points (11-25 FG) and five rebounds in 37 minutes. In three games this summer, the center is averaging 16.3 points, 6.0 rebounds in 21.6 minutes.

Kings’ guard Jeter scored 22 points while shooting 53.3% (8-15 FG) from the field. In addition, he recorded five assists, six rebounds and three steals in 33 minutes of the bench.

The win improves New York to 3-0 in the 2007 NBA Summer League while Sacramento falls to 2-1.