Player of the game: DeMarcus Cousins had a game-high 27 points and 11 rebounds as the Kings held off the New York Knicks 99-97 Thursday night at Sleep Train Arena.
Turning point: Carmelo Anthony missed a potential game-winning three-point attempt after the Kings committed a turnover with 5.9 seconds left, giving the Knicks a final possession to tie or win a game in which they trailed by 19 points.
X-factor: Point guard Darren Collison had 16 points and three assists off the bench to complement starting point guard Rajon Rondo, who had 16 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds.
Records: Kings 9-15, Knicks 10-14
Key injuries: Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein remains out with an open dislocation of his right index finger.