The New York Knicks are back at the .500 mark for the first time since January 14, after beating the Sacramento Kings at Madison Square Garden Wednesday night, in a rather one-sided contest by a final of 100-85. For the first time in their current winning streak it was not the new “Wunderkind Of New York” starting point guard Jeremy Lin that carried his squad to victory. Instead the Knicks had a true team victory as they shot 51.3% (39-76) as they had seven players in double figures led by Landry Fields notched a double-double with 15 points. Lin would none the less rack up a double-double for the second straight night as he put up 10 points while dishing off 13 assists.
Kings guard Tyreke Evans would score a game high 19 points, however his team fell far behind in the opening period and never really found their rhythm until the final 12 minutes of play. At that point it was far too little and far too late as the home team had the game well in hand.
The Knicks set the tone for the evening in the opening period as they scored early and often while their opponents appeared to have left their offense in the locker room. After leading by double-digits for most of the final five minutes of the period; they would settle for being on top 25-17 at the end of the quarter. Sacramento’s offense remained stuck in neutral throughout the second quarter and their hosts pulled even further ahead. Amar’e Stoudemire slammed the ball through the hole with authority as there was one second left in the period and New York would hold a 54-36 advantage as the game reached the half.
Any hopes that the Kings would climb back into this game were dashed against the rocks in the third as the Knicks retained control while the visitors continued to struggle. Steve Novak drained a 24 foot trey with 1:31 on the clock and New York led 77-55 at the conclusion of the period. Sacramento finally found their shooting touch in the fourth but they never would come close enough to become a threat as the Knicks sent their fans home satisfied.
Fields had 15 points, 10 rebounds and five assists for the night. Novak came off the bench with 14 points, 2 rebounds, an assist and a steal while Bill Walker also put up 14 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists and a block. Stoudemire dropped 11 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 block while rookie Iman Shumpert came off the pine with 11 points, 3 rebounds and 1 assist. Lin had 10 points, 13 assists and 5 rebounds while Jared Jeffries also had 10 points, 9 rebounds, an assist and a steal.
Evans scored 19 points, 5 assists, 4 rebounds and 2 steals while Tyreke Evans had 15 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals and 1 assist. Isaiah Thomas came off the bench with 14 points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds and 2 steals while Marcus Thornton chipped in 13 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists. New York now stands at 15-15 and will host the New Orleans Hornets on Friday while Sacramento is now 10-19 and head to Auburn Hills to face the Pistons on Friday.