The Sacramento Kings continued to struggle at the beginning of the 2011-12 NBA season as they hosted the New York Knicks on Saturday evening.The 114-92 loss gives the Kings a 1-3 overall record, including a 1-2 record when playing at home.
The Knicks, who were playing without Amare Stoudemire due to a sprained left ankle, put up monstrous early and late quarters. They outscored the home team 35-20 in the opening quarter and 36-27 in the final frame. The Knicks starting five all put up double-digits against the Kings, including three players with over 20 points each. Sacramento, by contrast, only managed four players at double digits in scoring. Guard Marcus Thornton led Kings scorers with 14 points. Jason Thompson and Tyreke Evans each had 13 points.
Carmelo Anthony of the Knicks led all scorers with 23 points, also racking up seven rebounds and five assists. Josh Harrellson managed a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Tyson Chandler put up 22 points and was a perfect 10-for-10 on free throws. Landry Fields added another 21 to the New York effort.
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