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Knicks hold off Kings 106-98 for eighth win in 11 games

NEW YORK (AP) They were bad enough to allow 18 straight points yet still good enough to win.

That's all that matters to the New York Knicks, who ended up on the right side of the scoreboard and found beauty in an ugly game.

''It's a line drive in the score book, right?'' coach Jeff Hornacek said.

Derrick Rose and Carmelo Anthony each scored 20 points and the Knicks held off the Sacramento Kings 106-98 on Sunday night for their eighth win in 11 games.

The Knicks took a 21-point lead in the first half, surrendered an 18-0 run in the third quarter but outplayed the Kings down the stretch to win their third straight overall and improve to 9-3 at home.

''The main objective and the goal is just to get wins. I don't think nobody cares about stats or anything like that,'' guard Brandon Jennings said. ''As long as we win we're happy, but we've got to getter. I mean we haven't blew anybody out yet, so hopefully we can get a blowout game where other guys can play.''

Jennings added 19 points and Kristaps Porzingis finished with 15 points and 14 rebounds.

DeMarcus Cousins had 36 points and 12 rebounds for the Kings, but shot just 9 for 30 and tired late while playing the entire second half.

''Coach tried to take me out at the end of the third with like a minute left. I begged him could I stay in,'' Cousins said. ''I thought he was going to take me out at the beginning of the fourth but he stayed with me. Just tried to stay aggressive and keep pushing. It was a tough one tonight, but I like our team's effort. I liked that we kept fighting.''

The Knicks used an 18-4 run to expand a seven-point lead to 48-27 midway through the second quarter and had a 19-point cushion in the third before suddenly sending the Kings to the foul line too much and not scoring at all, as Sacramento's 18-0 run cut it to 72-71 late in the period.

Leading by two with just under five minutes left, the Knicks got a 3-pointer by Anthony to start a 7-2 spurt that finally put it away.

Sacramento dropped its third straight on its road trip that was shortened to five games after a game in Philadelphia was postponed because of unsafe court conditions.

TIP-INS

Kings: The Kings intentionally fouled Joakim Noah away from the ball twice down the stretch and it worked - defensively, at least - as he missed all four free throws. But Sacramento couldn't follow up either time with a basket. ... Sacramento had its four-game winning streak against New York snapped.

Knicks: Noah returned after missing two games with a sprained left ankle, but fellow starter Courtney Lee missed his second straight with the same injury. Hornacek said the guard was feeling pretty good but still having trouble moving side to side. ... Anthony left in the first quarter and went to the locker room area for treatment of a cut lower lip.

ROUGH NIGHTS

Among the struggling Kings were Kosta Koufos (1 for 7), Matt Barnes (1 for 11) and Arron Afflalo, who went 1 for 4 in his return to New York after playing for the Knicks last season. The Kings shot 32 percent.

SEE YOU SOON

When the Kings finally get home from their road trip, the first team to visit Friday is the Knicks, a team Sacramento coach Dave Joerger believes is on the rise.

''I think it's an exciting time for them,'' he said. ''I'm not really excited about playing them twice in eight days but I think they look good.''

UP NEXT

Kings: Visit Dallas on Wednesday night to end their road trip.

Knicks: Visit Miami on Tuesday night. The Knicks snapped an eight-game losing streak to the Heat with a 98-90 victory last Jan. 6 in their last trip to South Florida.

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Key Players
D. Cousins
15 C
C. Anthony
7 SF
33.9 Min. Per Game 33.9
22.6 Pts. Per Game 22.6
2.6 Ast. Per Game 2.6
6.2 Reb. Per Game 6.2
45.5 Field Goal % 43.2
38.3 Three Point % 35.0
75.4 Free Throw % 86.8
  Defensive rebound by Carmelo Anthony 0:01
  Garrett Temple missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:03
+ 1 Brandon Jennings made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:05
+ 1 Brandon Jennings made 1st of 2 free throws 0:06
  Personal foul on Rudy Gay 0:05
  Defensive rebound by Derrick Rose 0:12
  Rudy Gay missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:14
  20-second timeout called 0:16
  Team rebound 0:16
  Matt Barnes missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:16
  20-second timeout called 0:23
Team Stats
Points 98 106
Field Goals 31-96 (32.3%) 39-88 (44.3%)
3-Pointers 9-28 (32.1%) 11-29 (37.9%)
Free Throws 27-31 (87.1%) 17-24 (70.8%)
Total Rebounds 57 68
Offensive 17 14
Defensive 33 44
Team 7 10
Assists 18 20
Steals 13 5
Blocks 5 9
Turnovers 11 19
Fouls 17 25
Technicals 1 2
36 PTS, 12 REB, 4 AST
D. Rose PG 25
20 PTS, 6 REB, 6 AST
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away team logo Kings 7-13 2120362198
home team logo Knicks 11-9 26292625106
Team Stats
away team logo Kings 7-13 PPG RPG APG
home team logo Knicks 11-9 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
D. Cousins C PPG RPG APG FG%
D. Rose PG PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
D. Cousins C 36 PTS 12 REB 4 AST
D. Rose PG 20 PTS 6 REB 6 AST
32.3 FG% 44.3
32.1 3PT FG% 37.9
87.1 FT% 70.8
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
D. Cousins 36 12 4 9/30 4/10 14/16 0 43 1 3 2 4 8 0 58
R. Gay 22 9 4 7/18 2/6 6/6 3 35 3 0 3 2 7 0 39
D. Collison 13 3 6 4/10 1/3 4/4 3 39 2 0 2 1 2 0 28
A. Afflalo 3 2 0 1/4 1/1 0/0 0 17 1 0 0 0 2 0 6
K. Koufos 2 11 0 1/7 0/0 0/0 2 19 0 1 0 5 6 0 14
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
D. Cousins 36 12 4 9/30 4/10 14/16 0 43 1 3 2 4 8 0 58
R. Gay 22 9 4 7/18 2/6 6/6 3 35 3 0 3 2 7 0 39
D. Collison 13 3 6 4/10 1/3 4/4 3 39 2 0 2 1 2 0 28
A. Afflalo 3 2 0 1/4 1/1 0/0 0 17 1 0 0 0 2 0 6
K. Koufos 2 11 0 1/7 0/0 0/0 2 19 0 1 0 5 6 0 14
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
W. Cauley-Stein 9 4 0 4/7 0/0 1/3 4 23 1 0 0 3 1 0 14
O. Casspi 6 3 1 2/4 0/1 2/2 1 20 2 0 0 0 3 0 13
G. Temple 5 3 1 2/3 1/2 0/0 3 18 1 1 1 0 3 0 11
M. Barnes 2 3 1 1/11 0/4 0/0 1 17 1 0 1 2 1 0 7
T. Lawson 0 0 1 0/2 0/1 0/0 0 9 1 0 2 0 0 0 1
A. Tolliver - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. McLemore - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Labissiere - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Richardson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Papagiannis - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 98 50 18 31/96 9/28 27/31 17 240 13 5 11 17 33 0 191
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
D. Rose 20 6 6 9/14 0/0 2/3 1 34 0 0 4 2 4 0 34
C. Anthony 20 4 1 8/20 3/8 1/2 3 36 0 0 0 0 4 0 26
K. Porzingis 15 14 2 6/18 1/6 2/2 4 35 0 4 3 3 11 0 34
J. Holiday 5 8 2 2/7 1/4 0/0 2 23 3 0 2 3 5 0 18
J. Noah 2 5 0 1/4 0/0 0/4 5 25 1 0 0 2 3 0 8
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
D. Rose 20 6 6 9/14 0/0 2/3 1 34 0 0 4 2 4 0 34
C. Anthony 20 4 1 8/20 3/8 1/2 3 36 0 0 0 0 4 0 26
K. Porzingis 15 14 2 6/18 1/6 2/2 4 35 0 4 3 3 11 0 34
J. Holiday 5 8 2 2/7 1/4 0/0 2 23 3 0 2 3 5 0 18
J. Noah 2 5 0 1/4 0/0 0/4 5 25 1 0 0 2 3 0 8
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
B. Jennings 19 1 3 5/7 2/4 7/7 0 26 0 0 4 0 1 0 22
L. Thomas 9 3 0 2/8 2/4 3/4 3 17 0 0 3 0 3 0 9
S. Vujacic 5 4 2 2/2 1/1 0/0 1 16 1 0 0 1 3 0 14
K. O'Quinn 4 9 0 2/5 0/0 0/0 4 14 0 4 1 3 6 0 16
W. Hernangomez 4 4 3 1/1 0/0 2/2 1 12 0 1 0 0 4 0 15
M. Kuzminskas 3 0 1 1/2 1/2 0/0 1 4 0 0 1 0 0 0 4
C. Lee - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Ndour - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Plumlee - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Baker - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 106 58 20 39/88 11/29 17/24 25 242 5 9 19 14 44 0 200