The Knicks made a furious comeback, but it was all for naught on Sunday night.
Kings forward Skal Labissiere drained a three-pointer with 1.6 seconds left in Sacramento to hand the Knicks their fourth straight defeat, 102-99. The team has now lost 12 of its last 13 games.
New York had trailed by 19 points in the fourth quarter before Kyle O'Quinn and Tim Hardaway Jr. led the team in a comeback. A 24-5 run helped the Knicks tie the game before the ending.
Labissiere's three wasn't the end of the drama. Kings forward Zach Randolph ran onto the floor to celebrate, prompting a technical foul. Courtney Lee, however, missed the free throw before Trey Burke's halfcourt heave missed at the buzzer.
Hardaway led the team with 24 points while O'Quinn scored 14 and Enes Kanter put together a 14-point, 16-rebound double-double. >> Read more
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What a wild ending it was in Sacramento. The Knicks came back from a 19-point fourth quarter deficit to tie the game in the final minute. In very Knicks fashion, they failed to complete the comeback, and lost the game on a three-pointer from Skal Labissiere, who rarely shoots threes. It was the battle for who wants to take more, and in that case, the Knicks won. They moved four games behind the Kings in that regard. It was a nice comeback from the Knicks, but they were put in that position due to another bad third quarter, which continues to be a disaster for them. They also were going against a team that has a record worse than they do.
It's getting old to see this team have a third quarter that dooms them every night. It's not even worth watching that quarter, because it only ends in mayhem. Emmanuel Mudiay was just horrific tonight, not scoring, and continues to be wildly inconsistent. Mudiay's play a reason for concern, considering he's going to likely be in the starting lineup next year. That trade isn't looking as good as it did right now because Mudiay is not taking advantage of a change of scenery and more playing time. Frank Ntilikina's jump shot has failed to improve consistently, and he's got to be able to make wide open mid-range shots. This season just needs to end already so the Knicks can get a fresh start.
The Knicks continue their road trip in Portland against the Trail Blazers on Tuesday night at 10:00 p.m.