This year’s edition of the New York Knicks are, essentially, used to losing games that they shouldn’t lose, but on Wednesday night, an unexpected source had a big part in toppling them in the Big Apple.
Former BYU superstar Jimmer Fredette exploded from nowhere with 24 points (9-14 FG, 6-8 3-PT) in 27 minutes off the bench for the Sacramento Kings, and when combined with big nights from Rudy Gay (20 points and 7 rebounds), DeMarcus Cousins (19 points and 14 rebounds), and Isaiah Thomas (20 points and 7 assists), it was enough to sneak past the Knicks in overtime by the score of 106-101.
On the Knicks side, the loss certainly wasn’t the fault of Carmelo Anthony. New York’s star forward scored a game-high 36 points and added 11 rebounds, and frankly, he was wonderful at times. The Knicks also got big-time efforts from Tyson Chandler (17 points and 11 rebounds) and Amar’e Stoudemire (20 points, 8 rebounds off the bench), but as a team, they committed 18 turnovers, and in the end, New York simply couldn’t get a stop when it mattered.
A battle of well below .500 teams hardly ever gets big-time press, but with the former phenom (Fredette), the controversial star (Anthony), and the league’s biggest market involved, this one was undeniably interesting if nothing else.