Carmelo Anthony's 36 powers Knicks past Kings

Carmelo Anthony finished with 36 points to lead the New York Knicks to a victory over the Sacramento Kings, 107-99. The Knicks took quality shots in this one, going 40-73 (54.8%) from the field, including 15-26 (57.7%) from three-point range. New York (30-42) has now won eight of their last 10 games.

Anthony finished 12-21 from the field (5-8 on 3-pointers) and 7-7 from the free throw line, in a quality offensive outing. Other key performers for New York were Amare Stoudemire with 12 points and 6 rebounds, and Tyson Chandler with 10 points and 8 rebounds. DeMarcus Cousins had another strong performance for Sacramento despite the loss, scoring 32 points on 10-15 shooting from the field and 12-12 from the free throw line. He also added 15 rebounds and 8 assists. Ray McCallum chipped in 10 points and 6 rebounds.

Along with their eFG% of 65.1%, the Knicks connected at a rate of 57.7% from 3-point range. On the season, they are 11-3 when they record marks above 55% and 40% in those respective categories. Conversely, the Kings are winless (0-13) when allowing their opponents to reach those percentages.

This drops Sacramento (25-46) to 1-1 against New York on the year.

Coming up next, the Knicks play the Phoenix Suns, who are 43-29 on the year. The Kings go up against the Oklahoma City Thunder, currently 52-19 this season. The Knicks have a 1-0 record against Phoenix this season. The Kings have lost to Oklahoma City the last two times they have played.