Road Reaction Show: Kings dominate Knicks
The Sacramento Kings (21-37) got just what the doctor ordered tonight against the New York Knicks (12-47). With a game in San Antonio tomorrow night, the Kings ran over New York, leading by as many as 44 on their way to the 124-86 blowout victory at Madison Square Garden.
DeMarcus Cousins returned to action and couldn’t be stopped. The All-Star finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds in just 29 minutes after missing the last two games with a sprained left ankle. Rudy Gay added 25 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Ben McLemore chipped in 20 on 6-for-12 shooting Derrick Williams came off the bench to score 17.
Join James Ham and Rui Thomas for the Road Reaction Postgame Show on Google+ after the game. The show can be watched on the video player embedded below. You can also join the discussion of tonight’s game by leaving a comment at the bottom of the page.
What to watch
1. Team in disarray
The Knicks are akin to an accident on the side of the road you feel bad for peeking at, and try to forget. The NBA’s worst team this season is an injury-riddled mess of epic proportions, and they can’t run, score or defend, but they know how to lose for James Dolan. Tanking is in full swing.
2. Bombs away
The Kings, who come into tonight 29th in the NBA in 3-point makes per game (5.1), face a perfect remedy in the Knicks, who allow the highest opponent 3-point percentage in the league by far (38.6). In particular, this is a match wavering rookie Nik Stauskas can get things rolling from downtown.
3. Setting the tone
Following the contest in New York, Sacramento plays seven more road games in a row. A win versus the lowly Knicks would serve as a needed momentum builder (by default), while a loss might set the Kings franchise back decades.