DeMarcus Cousins put up 19 points and notched 14 rebounds, his 34th double-double of the season, to lead the Sacramento Kings to a close victory over the New York Knicks, 106-101. Sacramento (18-35) has won just three of its last 10 games.
Cousins finished 7-13 from the field and 5-5 from the free throw line. Other key performers for Sacramento were Rudy Gay with 20 points and 7 rebounds, and Isaiah Thomas with 20 points and 7 assists. Carmelo Anthony had another strong performance for New York in the loss, putting up 36 points on 12-28 shooting (5-11 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 7-7 from the free throw line. He also recorded 11 rebounds. Amare Stoudemire contributed 20 points and 8 rebounds and Tyson Chandler finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds.
New York (20-32) has now dropped consecutive games after losing to Oklahoma City on Sunday.
Coming up next, the Kings play the Golden State Warriors, who are 31-21 on the year. The Knicks go up against the Memphis Grizzlies, currently 29-23 this season. The Kings lost their last two meetings with Golden State. The Knicks are 0-1 versus Memphis this season.