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December 28, 2012
In-game blog: Kings vs. Knicks

FINAL
Kings 106, Knicks 105

James Johnson's three pointer at the buzzer gave the Kings the win after they'd blown a 27-point lead and trailed by four late in the game.

The Kings scored just 35 points in the second half.

Marcus Thornton led the Kings (10-19) with 18 points. Johnson finished with 17 points.

J.R. Smith led the Knicks (21-9) with 28 points.

The Kings made a season high 15 three pointers for the game.

THIRD QUARTER
Kings 87, Knicks 81

No better way to follow up a season high for points in a half than with 16 points in the third quarter, right?

That 27-point lead from the second quarter is long gone. You can thank J.R. Smith, who scored 11 of his 24 points in the third for leading the way.

*Marcus Thornton is up to 18 points to lead the Kings. DeMarcus Cousins has 15 points and eight rebounds. But he also has four fouls.

*Tyson Chandler has controlled the paint with 16 points and 15 rebounds for the Knicks.

*The Kings have a new season high with 12 made three pointers.

HALFTIME
Kings 71, Knicks 50

*The Kings matched their season-high for points in a half with a shooting clinic. The Kings made 10 of 15 threes and are shooting 59.5 percent for the game. The Kings already have 19 assists.

*Jimmer Fredette looked like Vinnie Johnson with 15 points off the bench in the second quarter. Four Kings have scored in double figures.

*The Knicks were led by J.R. Smith and Chris Copeland with 13 points apiece. The Knicks have 10 turnovers, leading to 12 points for the Kings.

*The Kings have only four turnovers.

FIRST QUARTER
Kings 32, Knicks 23

DeMarcus Cousins is back in the starting lineup (six points, two rebounds) and Isaiah Thomas is back in the starting lineup (six points, three assists). The Kings used hot shooting on three pointers (4 of 7) to help build a lead.

*Marcus Thornton led the Kings with 11 points. Tyson Chandler led the Knicks with eight points.

*The Knicks are without two starters - Raymond Felton (broken finger) and Carmelo Anthony (hyperextended left knee).

*Kings coach Keith Smart gave no indication he'd change his starting point guard before the game. Thomas started the first nine games before Aaron Brooks took over.

*The Knicks missed all six of their three pointers.



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