Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Rapid Reaction: Kings 106, Knicks 101
By Ian Begley
Is this rock bottom for the Knicks?
In a game Carmelo Anthony said his team had to win, the Knicks came up woefully short against one of the worst teams in the league.
New York lost to the Kings 106-101 in overtime to head into the All-Star break 12 games under .500 and 2 1/2 games out of a playoff spot.
Anthony couldn’t find his shot when the Knicks needed it most. He missed his final six shots -- including all five attempts in overtime. The Knicks walked off the Garden floor to a smattering of boos, and deservedly so. They had lost to a Kings team that had dropped seven straight road games and was one of just five teams with a worse record than the Knicks (20-32).
New York has lost five of six. This latest loss leaves coach Mike Woodson’s seat incredibly hot. There has been rampant speculation that Woodson will be fired during the All-Star break. Losing to the Kings certainly didn’t help his case.
Jimmer-mania: The Knicks came out hot early on, but Jimmer Fredette single-handedly got the Kings back in the game with a 15-point second quarter.
He hit six of his eight shots in the second -- including three of four from beyond the arc -- to help Sacramento tie the game midway through the quarter after it trailed by 11 early in the second.
Fredette’s hot hand continued in the second half. He hit a big 3 with 2:50 to play in the fourth to pull the Kings within 89-88 and another 3 to pull the Kings within 93-91 and set them up with a chance to tie the game.
Fredette finished with a career-high 24 points on 9-for-14 shooting.
Shooting blanks: The Knicks didn’t get much from their shooting guards Wednesday. J.R. Smith sat out the game because the face mask ordered to protect him didn’t fit properly. Iman Shumpert left in the second half with a strained left hip flexor. The lone shooting guard left -- Tim Hardaway Jr. -- started the game 1-for-10.
But he made up for it late with an acrobatic layup over Carl Landry to give the Knicks a four-point lead with 3:08 to play in the fourth.
Hardaway also found Amar’e Stoudemire under the basket for a layup to give the Knicks a five-point lead with 90 seconds to play in the fourth.
Cooling off: Carmelo had 32 points on 11-for-20 shooting through three quarters but struggled late. He missed his final six shots -- including a chance to win the game at the buzzer. Anthony missed seven of his last eight shots and had 36 points. He played the entire second half and overtime.
Tyson Chandler added 17. Point guard Raymond Felton went 3-for-11 from the floor. He had 12 assists and three turnovers, two of which came late in the game.
What’s next: The Knicks have five days off and then return to the court Tuesday after the All-Star break to play the Grizzlies in Memphis.