Really, the score was as bad as it looked.
The Kings fell in New York by 39 points to the Knicks, who were paced by J.R. Smith’s 25 points off the bench.
It’s hard to believe that Sacramento once led 18-6 in this game because the Knicks went on an unprecedented 38-4 run to take a 44-22 lead in the second quarter.
Yes, you heard that right: 38-4.
During this stretch:
- The Kings did not score a single point for over five minutes
- The Kings went 0-5 from the field and committed seven turnovers
- Steve Novak made three 3-pointers
- Spike Lee subbed in for Carmelo Anthony and dunked on DeMarcus Cousins
The last one was a joke, but you get the picture.
Any attempt at a comeback was nonexistent. The Knicks kept their foot on the gas pedal and outscored the Kings 41-19 in the third quarter.
DeMarcus Cousins led the Kings with 25 points, but finished the game with a plus-minus of -34.
Tyreke Evans, who shot 3/10, called it “the worst game I ever played in the NBA.”
Meanwhile, back in Sacramento, a team of investors and political leaders are working their behinds off to keep a perennial losing team in their city.
If the Kings even displayed half the fight that their fans and city are putting up, they might actually be competitive in the NBA for a change.