Knicks-Kings: Al Harrington Scores 33 to Lead Knicks Over Kings

William HungContributor IDecember 13, 2008

The New York Knicks defeated the Sacramento Kings 114-90 in Arco Arena, giving the Knicks their second straight road win after beating the New Jersey Nets earlier Wednesday.

The Knicks, who were without Quentin Richardson (Flu), received a boost with the return of David Lee (back) and Nate Robinson (groin), and the results were instant. The Knicks scored 43 first-quarter points behind 75 percent shooting from the field.

Harrington led the Knicks with 33 points, including 11 straight in the third quarter to hold off a brief Kings rally, which saw the Knicks lead shrink from 29 points to 12 points. Lee, returning from his back injury suffered against the Nets, scored 17 points and grabbed 19 rebounds. Robinson, starting at shooting guard in place of Richardson, scored 19 points.

The Kings were led by John Salmons, who scored 14 points, and Beno Udrih, who scored 13 points and dished out six assists.

The difference in this game was the lack of interior defense by the Kings early in the game. On one play, Jared Jeffries, from the perimeter, blew by the Kings' defense to an easy dunk. Lee finished the first half with 16 points and 11 rebounds.

Next up for the Knicks: Mike D'Antoni returns to Phoenix as the Knicks look to reach .500 against the Steve Nash-led Suns. Game time is Monday 9pm ET.