Knicks stage remarkable comeback to defeat Kings

In a thrilling matchup at Madison Square Garden, the New York Knicks pulled off an incredible 120-109 comeback victory against the Sacramento Kings, overcoming a 21-point deficit in the second quarter. Despite facing adversity with the news of Julius Randle undergoing season-ending shoulder surgery, the Knicks rallied together to secure a vital win on their home court.

“We started the game slowly and missed some open shots, and they were very aggressive. But the thing that I liked is I thought that even though we were behind … I thought we were making the right plays, and the guys played very unselfishly. It was a big hole to climb out of, but we found a way to win.”

Tom Thibodeau

The Villanova connection led the charge for New York, as Jalen Brunson, Josh Hart and Donte DiVincenzo combined for an impressive 87 points. Brunson scored 35 points and dished out 11 assists,  Hart contributed 31 points, 9 rebounds, and 8 assists while DiVincenzo finished the game with 21 points including 5 three pointers.

Trailing 95-92 early in the fourth quarter, the Knicks launched a decisive 13-0 run to seize control of the game. They continued to dominate down the stretch, extending their lead to 119-103 with just over a minute remaining. The Knicks’ defense held the Kings to just 2 points in the fourth quarter during a stretch of five and a half minutes.

After a tied score at 87 heading into the final quarter, Bojan Bogdanovic spearheaded the Knicks’ offense by scoring their first five buckets of the fourth quarter, setting the stage for their game-changing run.

The Knicks showed remarkable resilience during the second half, outscoring the Kings 35-27 in the third quarter. Initially trailing 68-54 shortly after halftime, the Knicks mounted a spirited comeback, stringing together 8 consecutive points. Miles McBride kickstarted the surge with a smooth layup, followed by two clutch three-pointers from DiVincenzo, cutting the deficit to 68-62.

As the first half drew to a close, the Knicks went on an impressive 11-0 run to seize an 87-84 lead, fueled by the dynamic duo of Hart and DiVincenzo. However, the Kings’ De’Aaron Fox dashed their hopes of heading into halftime with the lead by sinking a three-pointer with just 10 seconds remaining.

The Knicks encountered a challenging start, grappling to find their rhythm for the first one and a half quarters. Their struggles were particularly evident in the first quarter, where they were outscored 35-20 by the Kings. The Kings’ sharp shooting from beyond the arc, going 7-10, compounded the Knicks’ difficulties, as they managed only 8-20 from the field and a meager 1-6 from three-point range. By the early stages of the second quarter, the Kings had built a commanding 46-25 lead.

However, the Knicks regrouped and successfully managed to narrow the deficit to 48-41. Brunson scored 13 points in the second quarter, igniting hope for a turnaround in fortunes.

Isaiah Hartenstein had a standout performance with 7 points and a career-high 9 assists. Additionally,  Bogdanovic provided a valuable spark off the bench with 12 points.

For the Kings, De’Aaron Fox led the scoring with 29 points, while Keegan Murray and Domantas Sabonis also made significant contributions.

With this impressive victory, the Knicks maintain their hold on the fifth place in the Eastern Conference, tied with the Orlando Magic. Both teams are 2.5 games ahead of the Indiana Pacers in the sixth spot, positioning themselves well for the remainder of the season.

Up-next: The Knicks (45-31) will head to Chicago to take on the Bulls (36-40) on Friday from 8:00pm.

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