James Johnson hit a 25-foot three- pointer at the buzzer to give the Sacramento Kings a 106-105 victory over the New York Knicks, who had fought back from a 27- point deficit.
The Knicks were kept scoreless in the final two minutes, 50 seconds as Isaiah Thomas hit two free throws to bring the Kings within two points before Johnson got the winning basket on his home court at Sleep Train Arena.
The Kings had a 27-point lead with one minute, 22 seconds left in the second quarter. They ended the half with a 71-50 lead. Marcus Thornton had 18 points and Johnson contributed 17 for the Kings (10-19).
The Knicks dominated the second half as they rallied to take the lead, 97-95, on Jason Kidd’s 25-foot 3-point jumper with just under six minutes left in the game.
Reserves J.R. Smith had 28 points, Chris Copeland scored 23 and Tyson Chandler added 21 for the Knicks, who lead the Eastern Conference’s Atlantic Division with a 21-9 record. Kidd scored 16 points.
The Knicks were playing their second straight game without Carmelo Anthony, who leads the National Basketball Association’s Eastern Conference with an average of 28.5 points per game. Anthony has a hyperextended left knee.
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