Kings stun Knicks behind Udrih

Beno Udrih scored 29 points on 11-of-14 shooting and the
Sacramento Kings snapped a three-game losing streak with a 93-83
victory over the lethargic New York Knicks on Friday night.

Rookie DeMarcus Cousins added 16 points and 10 rebounds, and
reserve Carl Landry had 15 points for the Kings, now 1-3 on their
six-game road trip. Perhaps it’s not surprising the victory came
here: They have won four in a row at Madison Square Garden.

Tyreke Evans managed just nine points on 4-of-15 shooting in his
return to the lineup after missing three games with a sprained left
ankle, but the Kings didn’t need much from their star guard on a
night when the Knicks couldn’t do anything offensively.

Amare Stoudemire had 25 points and 13 rebounds but shot 6 of 22
for New York, which shot a season-worst 31.5 percent from the
field. Perhaps still sapped from a tough trip out West, the Knicks
had no energy on the offensive end and were booed at home for the
first time in a while.

The NBA’s highest-scoring team, averaging 107.8 points, didn’t
break 60 until there were less than 9 minutes left. Point guard
Raymond Felton was 2 of 15 for six points, while Wilson Chandler
missed 10 of his 14 shots.

The Knicks had only one day off after returning from a solid 2-2
trip that concluded with Wednesday’s 131-125 loss in Utah. Coach
Mike D’Antoni said he hoped his players got rest, but also was
concerned they might not be sharp against the worst of the
West.

”Coming off the West Coast, where these are games that you’ve
got to be careful with,” he said before the game.

Sure enough, the Knicks were flat, managing just 15 points in
the first quarter and even hearing some boos while trailing by 15
in the first half. They needed a late flurry just to avoid their
worst first half of the season and the Kings led 46-42 at the
break.

The boos grew louder in the third quarter, when the Knicks went
5 for 21 and managed only 16 points. Udrih scored nine in the
period, including a 3-pointer with 37 seconds left that made it
69-58 headed to the fourth.

Udrih then converted a three-point play to open the scoring in
the final quarter for a 14-point advantage, and by then it was
clear there would be no New York run on this night. The Knicks did
get it down to nine later in the period, but Landry made a free
throw before consecutive 3-pointers from Udrih and Evans made it
89-73 and sent most of the fans home.

Notes: D’Antoni said injured forward Danilo Gallinari, who has
missed the last five games with a sprained left knee, would
practice this weekend in hopes of playing Monday against Phoenix.
… Carmelo Anthony’s agent, Leon Rose, was at the game, but said
before the game he had nothing to say about his client’s situation.
Though the Nets and Nuggets appear close to a deal, Knicks
president Donnie Walsh said he was only aware of that because of
what he’s read, and said his plans for upgrading the roster haven’t
changed since the season began. ”The team out there is the
strategy,” he said before the game, pointing to the court. ”And
then we have (salary cap) room next year and the year after. We
want to build this team. Period. That’s what we’ve been doing.”
… D’Antoni said he stayed up late Thursday to watch Stoudemire on
the Late Show with David Letterman, where the All-Star told the
host that the players do in fact listen to the coach. ”He doesn’t
listen to me,” D’Antoni said with a laugh. ”He was nice, though,
very diplomatic.”