It’s been almost a year since the New York Knicks have won consecutive games on the road.
The Knicks will try to accomplish that while looking to avoid a third straight loss to the lowly Sacramento Kings on Saturday night.
New York (10-12) won 121-109 at New Jersey on Wednesday to improve to 3-9 on the road and snap a six-game losing streak away from Madison Square Garden.
Al Harrington scored a season-high 39 points with 13 rebounds and fellow New Jersey native Tim Thomas added 26 for the Knicks, who shot 50.6 percent in their first road win since a 132-103 victory at Memphis on Nov. 12.
“I believe in this system and I know the kind of guys that we have and the talent that we have on this team,” Thomas told the Knicks’ official Web site.
Now, the Knicks head to Sacramento (6-17), which has lost nine of its last 10 overall. New York hasn’t won back-to-back road games since beating Chicago on Jan. 8 and New Jersey on Jan. 16.
The Knicks also haven’t had a winning record away from MSG since going 26-15 in 1996-97.
Against the Nets, Chris Duhon posted his second straight double-double with 10 points and 10 assists for New York, which has won two of three after losing three in a row.
This will be the third stop on a five-game road trip that includes coach Mike D’Antoni’s return to Phoenix on Monday and concludes against the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday.
Harrington has played well of late, scoring 67 points and grabbing 19 rebounds in his last two games. He is averaging 24.7 points and 8.0 rebounds in nine games since being traded from Golden State last month, but has failed to score more than 17 in each of his last five against Sacramento.
Thomas is coming off his best game since being acquired from the Los Angeles Clippers on Nov. 21. He could see more time against the Kings after forward David Lee missed the fourth quarter after bruising his lower back in a fall on Wednesday.
“I just got to learn to get him in the game more,” D’Antoni said. “It’s my fault that he wasn’t highlighted a little bit more because he arguably is our most talented player.”
With Stephon Marbury’s uncertain future and veteran Cuttino Mobley announcing his retirement on Thursday, D’Antoni used seven players in each game on the recent trip. The Knicks could get help with guard Nate Robinson expected to return on Saturday after missing seven of his last eight games with a strained groin.
The 5-foot-9 Robinson is averaging career highs with 13.8 points and 4.1 assists in 15 games.
Three days after handing the Lakers their third loss of the season, Sacramento fell 112-103 at Los Angeles on Friday. The Kings stormed back from a 15-point deficit early in the fourth quarter to close to within three but would not get closer.
“We kept fighting and we were right there with them, said the Kings’ John Salmons, who had 26 points and six assists.” At this point, we have to take anything that we can get.”
Salmons is averaging 19.7 points this season and 23.0 in his last three contests. He had 32 and 11 rebounds in Sacramento’s 107-97 win at New York on Jan. 2 in the teams’ most recent meeting.