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    Sacramento Kings Game Thread: New York Knicks @ Sacramento Kings 1/22/2021 10:00 pm [Game #17]





    (8-8) -- (5-10)

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    Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, CA MSG 10:00 PM EST



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    Injury Report

    New York Knicks Sacramento Kings
    Frank Ntilikina - Sprained right knee (DOUBT) DaQuan Jeffries - Left ankle sprain - (OUT)
    Austin Rivers - Sore right Achilles (DOUBT) Jahmi'us Ramsey - Left groin strain (OUT)


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    The New York Knicks hope to duplicate a Northern California sweep they accomplished last season when they visit the Sacramento Kings on Friday night.

    The Knicks won only 21 games last year, but two of them came in a three-day stretch last December.

    On that occasion, New York outlasted the Golden State Warriors in overtime at San Francisco, had a day off, then ventured the 90 miles to Sacramento for a 103-101 win behind Julius Randle's 26 points and nine rebounds.

    They get an opportunity to repeat thanks to a one-sided, 119-104 road win over the Warriors on Thursday night.

    But this time around, there will be no day off before attempting to complete the double.

    First-year Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau took time Thursday night to praise the leadership of Randle on an improving team that is riding a three-game winning streak.

    "He's always been a great worker, so that sets a great tone for how we're going to go about our business," the veteran coach said. "And now he's more comfortable with the vocal aspect of it. In this league, oftentimes you have guys who say all the right things and do none of them. So the important thing is what you actually do each and every day."

    Randle and RJ Barrett have been the offensive leaders for the Knicks, with at least one of them going for 20 or more points on each night of New York's win streak.

    It was Barrett's turn to lead the way against the Warriors. He had a career-best 28 points, igniting a Knicks offense that put up its second-highest point total of the season.

    That was only half the story, however. New York put its improved defense on display at Golden State, limiting the potent Warriors to 9-for-38 shooting on 3-point attempts.

    The Knicks have held eight opponents -- including their past three -- to 104 points or fewer and have gone 6-2 in those games.

    In Sacramento, the Knicks will see a team that has held just two opponents under 115 points -- and both those games were a while ago.

    Since limiting Houston to 102 on Jan. 2, the Kings have seen pinball numbers put up on them on a regular basis, with the Toronto Raptors going for 144, three other teams totaling 132-plus and all but one foe hitting 122-plus.

    Sacramento's best defensive effort in its past nine games came Wednesday night on the road against the Los Angeles Clippers, who managed just 115 points. Still, it was enough for a 19-point win, the Kings' fourth straight defeat.

    "We see the mistakes and see what needs to be done," Kings veteran Glenn Robinson III said after the game. "Now it's on us to fix it."

    Something that doesn't need fixing is De'Aaron Fox's game. He put up 25 points on 10-of-18 shooting to go with seven assists against the Clippers, one game after scorching New Orleans for 43 points on 17-for-27 shooting with 13 assists.

    The past six Knicks-Kings games in Sacramento have been decided by a total of 23 points. One went into overtime. Sacramento went 4-2 in those contests.

    --Field Level Media

    (STATS / cbssports.com)

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    Thanks Rady, wsup with all the back to back games, we had one at the beginning of this week.
    Coach Thibs has been doing such a good job with the Knicks, he has the Knicks prepared for our crazy schedule. Big Props to Thibs and his coaching-staff for the 8-8 record.
    Last night, Thibs played a 10 man rotation vs GSW, I'm hoping he do the same tonight.
    Lets Go Knicks !!!

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    The Kings are going through a bad stretch. They're 5-10 and have lost 4 in a row.
    The Knicks have an opportunity to go on a 4 game win streak tonite.
    The Blazers are beat up - missing 2 of their top 3 players.
    Utah... well, we handled them before, but they'll be looking for revenge. Fortunately we're better now than when we played them last. We're one of the few teams in the NBA that has multiple answers for Gobert.
    We're already halfway to clinching a 2 win road trip, with a shot at 4 wins. But let's not get ahead of ourselves. Let's see if we can pick off Sac Town.

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    NYK with 8 off rebounds and 0 turnovers in first half so far.

    After I post this, Toppin offensive foul... turnover #1

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    NYk 2-12 from downtown buy have 28 points in the paint

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    Bullock and EP combine for 3 first half points. The other 3 starters each have double digit points.

    I hope we have legs to finish this in the 4th...

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    Half-Time .... Knicks 54 - Kings 49

    Payton's defense is holding up strong against Kings quick guards, hoping he keep that energy in the 2nd half.
    MitchRob is going for a double-double night!
    Our rookie Obi came in for quick 6 min to score 6 points for our bench-players in the first-half, lookin for some bench-points in the 2nd half .. Burks? Knox? Noel? and Quickley?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mafra View Post
    Bullock and EP combine for 3 first half points. The other 3 starters each have double digit points.

    I hope we have legs to finish this in the 4th...
    Our legs were getting shaky a couple minutes before the half .. Our bench-players have to come alive in the 2nd half to keep adding on to our lead

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    We look a little tired think thibs should go to the bench early

    Haliburton might be another SGA from okc .. He’s awesome

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    End of 3rd Qtr. .. Knicks 72 - Kings 76
    Our bench players looked tired too SMH

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    3 for 18... another power shortage from three

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    Someone call / text Frank now !!!

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    Randle looks pissed and rightfully so refs are suckin tonight

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    Thibs called time-out .. 89-87 Kings .. 4 min remain in game

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    Halliburton puts nail in coffin. Outplays OBI. Knicks win if they took Halliburton...

    Halliburton with a solid all around effort. 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 blocks. Toppin with 5 nondescript points...

    NYK with 33 points in the second half against the worst defensive team in the NBA.

    Just like the step back against OKC at 5-3... here comes a 3 game slide.

    L in POR
    L in Utah

    96-89 and Randle misses a huge FT with 90 seconds left, failing to convert the traditional 3-point play

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