Five weeks prior to the Knicks’ 39-point thrashing of the Kings at MSG, New York was handed their ninth loss of the season thanks to a James Johnson broken-play, buzzer-beating three as time expired on December 28. Sacramento would not be as fortunate in the Feb. 2 rematch.
After outscoring the Kings by three in the opening period, New York went on a dominant 72-30 extended run that spanned the entirety of the second and third quarters.
Nine different Knicks scored during the two-period stretch of torrential baskets and seven different orange-and-blue-clad ballers swished buckets from 3-point range. J.R. Smith led the way with 17 on 6-of-10 shooting, including five threes. Amar’e Stoudemire’s perfect 6-of-6 line netted him 12 points, as did Steve Novak’s tidy 4-of-5 clip from 3-point range.
The team shot 28-of-45 over the span, working out to a 62-percent clip from the field and 54 percent from the arc. The Knicks’ 120 total points was the third-highest total on the season and was capped off by Kurt Thomas knocking down a three late in the fourth quarter.