New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Jimmer Fredette poured in a career-high 24
points off the bench, and the Sacramento Kings headed into the All-Star break
on a high note by coming through with a hard-earned 106-101 overtime victory
over the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden.
Fredette shot a scorching 6-for-8 from 3-point range to help the Kings snap a
seven-game road losing streak, while Rudy Gay and Isaiah Thomas contributed 20
points apiece to the win. Gay forced overtime with a successful jumper with
20.8 seconds left in the fourth quarter, while Thomas capped his night with a
game-sealing basket in the final seconds of extra time.
DeMarcus Cousins had 19 points and 14 rebounds for Sacramento before exiting
the contest in the fourth quarter with a strained left hip flexor.
Carmelo Anthony tuned up for Sunday's All-Star Game with a 36-point, 11-
rebound effort, but the Knicks blew a 12-point second-half lead and fell for
the fourth time in five games.
Amar'e Stoudemire added 20 points on 10-of-15 shooting in the loss, with Tyson
Chandler amassing 17 points and 11 rebounds for New York.
The Kings trailed 64-52 early in the second half before closing the gap via an
11-2 run. A Cousins layup later in the third quarter pulled Sacramento within
69-68, and the visitors drew even midway through the fourth when Derrick
Williams hit a pair of free throws to forge an 81-81 tie.
New York began to gain some separation late in regulation, as an Anthony
jumper off a Kings turnover followed by a Chandler layup put the Knicks up
93-88 with 1:41 left. Fredette buried a clutch three on the ensuing
possession, however, and Gay knotted the score at 93-93 by draining a midrange
pull-up after New York's Raymond Felton misfired on a 3-point try.
Gay delivered during the opening stages of overtime as well, drilling a trey
to begin the frame and coming up with a steal shortly after that led to
Williams' uncontested slam that put Sacramento up by five.
The Kings remained in front the rest of the way. Williams canned a jumper for
a 104-98 advantage with 32.9 seconds left, and Thomas came through with the
dagger with 7.9 seconds showing, right after the Knicks moved within three on
a Tim Hardaway triple.
New York strung together a 17-7 surge midway through the first quarter to
build a 22-12 lead, and was ahead by as much as 13 points during the opening
stanza. Sacramento began the second quarter with a 19-4 burst, however, to
claim a 41-37 edge after Williams' dunk off a Gay steal.
Fredette played a big part in the turnaround, recording the first seven points
of the run and later burying back-to-back triples that helped draw the Kings
The Knicks closed out the half on a 13-2 flurry, however, to claim a 54-48
lead at the break, then began the third quarter with a 10-4 push to extend the
margin to 12 points.
Fredette's previous career high was 22 points, set at Phoenix on Dec. 12, 2012
... Knicks guard J.R. Smith sat out the game after fracturing his cheekbone
Sunday against Oklahoma State ... Stoudemire is averaging 17.0 points over his
last four games ... Gay had scored just 19 points combined on a 6-of-23
shooting rate over Sacramento's last two outings.
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