Player of the game: DeMarcus Cousins had 24 points and 20 rebounds as the Kings defeated the New York Knicks 88-80 Sunday night at Madison Square Garden.
Turning point: After leading by 16 points in the first quarter, the Kings got some breathing room by scoring the first four points of the fourth quarter to lead 73-65. The Knicks didn’t come closer than five the rest of the game.
X-factor: The Kings won despite equaling their fewest points this season. New York’s 80 points were the fewest this season by a Sacramento opponent. The Kings were allowing a league-high 109.6 points per game.
Records: Kings 27-42, Knicks 28-43
Key injuries: Willie Cauley-Stein (flu) and Ben McLemore (fractured finger) were out for the Kings. The Knicks were missing leading scorer Carmelo Anthony (migraine).