- Ian Begley, ESPN Staff Writer
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NEW YORK -- Some loyal New York Knicks fans probably feel a little like Tom Hanks' character in "Castaway" this season.
Rooting for a team that's been as bad as the Knicks can make you feel all alone.
Fortunately, Hanks himself was on hand at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday to provide a little levity.
With Hanks seated courtside, the Knicks fell behind the Sacramento Kings by more than 40 points in the second half. The home crowd was desperate for something to cheer about.
So they turned their attention to Hanks and started chanting "Tom Hanks!" on and off throughout the half.
Hanks appeared to appreciate the cheers, as seen in this Vine posted by SB Nation's Seth Rosenthal.
Aside from Hanks, there wasn't much for the Garden faithful to cheer about on Tuesday.
New York (12-47) trailed by 16 in the first quarter and 26 at halftime. The club missed all 12 of its 3-point attempts in the first half.
The Knicks were down by 44 points in the second half and ended up losing by 38, their worst defeat of the season.
After the game, coach Derek Fisher said he was disappointed by his team's lack of "character" and "integrity." The coach said the Knicks have shown both traits on most nights, win or lose.
"That was the most disappointing part," Fisher said. "It's not necessarily losing the game, but the way collectively, as a group, we couldn't find a way to compete against this team tonight."
Fortunately, the crowd found a way to have a good time -- thanks to Tom Hanks.