SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP/CBS13) — Harrison Barnes had 21 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, and the Sacramento Kings overcame a cold shooting spell late in the fourth quarter to hold off the New York Knicks 103-94 on Friday night and end a four-game losing streak.
The Kings made only three shots over the final six minutes but made up for it by going 7 of 8 on free throws down the stretch.READ MORE: Sacramento's ‘Run To Feed The Hungry’ To Return, Early Registration Now Open
Rookie Tyrese Haliburton had a big game with 16 points from the bench, along with 4 blocks, 5 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 assists.
The Kings Twitter account tweeted out four words during the rookie’s performance: “Rookie. of. the. Year.”
— Sacramento Kings (@SacramentoKings) January 23, 2021
De’Aaron Fox added 22 points and seven assists for Sacramento, which had lost nine of its previous 11. Richaun Holmes had 10 points, 14 rebounds and matched his career high of six blocks.
Julius Randle had 26 points and 15 rebounds for the Knicks, who had their three-game winning streak snapped. RJ Barrett added 21 points and seven rebounds.READ MORE: Fourth Stimulus Check: Are We Any Closer To Another Relief Payment?
New York’s offense also iced up late in the fourth quarter. The Knicks missed six of their final nine attempts over the last five minutes.
Knicks: Alec Burks had nine points and five rebounds in 27 minutes in his second game back from an ankle injury that sidelined him for three weeks. … Coach Tom Thibodeau won a challenge in the third quarter to overturn a defensive foul call against guard Elfrid Payton. … New York went into the night averaging 96 points over its previous seven games.
Kings: Sacramento set a season high with 14 blocks. … The Kings held a 15-0 advantage in fast-break points. … Marvin Bagley III fouled out with 55 seconds left to play.
SHOT CLOCK SNAFU
The game was delayed six minutes due to a shot clock malfunction immediately following Fox’s jumper 28 seconds into the first quarter. Players from both teams milled about the court during the delay, while Sacramento’s Buddy Hield chatted with the referees near the scorers table.
TRIBUTE TO HAMMERIN’ HANK
A video tribute to baseball Hall of Famer Hank Aaron played during a timeout in the first half. Aaron, the former home run king, died earlier in the day at the age of 86.
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Kings: Sacramento was scheduled to begin a six-game road trip with back-to-back games against the Grizzlies on Sunday and Monday but those games have been postponed in accordance with the NBA’s Health and Safety protocols. The Kings next game will be at Orlando on Wednesday.