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Friday, July 17, 2009
Kings earn first Summer League win

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LAS VEGAS -- The Sacramento Kings (1-4) notched its first win during their final game of the 2009 NBA Summer League presented by EA SPORTS Friday afternoon from the COX Pavilion in Las Vegas. The Kings' second-half rally propelled them to an 84-71 victory over the New York Knicks (0-3).

The Kings trailed by as much as five points, 45-40, in the contest just seconds into the third quarter before turning things around. Sacramento reeled off a 10-0 run over a 3:22 span that featured five points from Omri Casspi and three by Jason Thompson to flip the game in its favor.

Sacramento kept scoring at-will, as they closed out the third up 11 at 64-53 before extending its cushion to 18 with 4:05 remaining in the game. The team maintained its double-figure lead for the remainder of the affair.

Thompson was one of the key ingredients in the Kings' resurgence in the second half. He provided 14 of the team's 44 points after intermission. In all, he collected a game-high 23 points and added 10 rebounds to connect for a double-double.

"A lot of guys played hard and it was good to end on a good note and have our guys were rewarded for how hard they were playing all week. It was great to get a win to end it," said Thompson.

Sacramento held serve for the majority of the first quarter, while only trailing for 17 seconds. The Kings evened things up at 6-6 with four minutes spent before pushing out to as much as a six-point cushion. The quarter ended with Sacramento owning a 21-16 edge.

The Knicks turned things around in the second stanza by outscoring the Kings by a 25-19 margin to claim a one-point lead heading into intermission at 41-40. New York's offense was greatly influenced by a 45 percent shooting effort in the quarter, as they went 10-of-22 from the field. Sacramento made seven field goals on 32 percent shooting.

Tyreke Evans and Casspi provided double-digit efforts, as well, for Sacramento. Evans pitched in 18 to Casspi's 11. Jon Brockman pulled down 15 boards, which rank as the fifth most this season.

The Knicks got 10-plus points from three of their players in the defeat. Toney Douglas knocked down 15, while Morris Almond and Nikoloz Tskitishvili has 12 apiece.

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