NEW YORK (AP) – Alec Burks had 21 points off the bench, Evan Fournier also scored 21 and the New York Knicks routed the skidding Sacramento Kings 116-96 on Monday night to snap a three-game losing streak.
Julius Randle added 17 points and nine rebounds for the Knicks, who won for the second time in eight games.
New York’s last three losses came on the road against Cleveland, Miami and defending NBA
“Obviously, we’ve been in a slump the past three games. Tough road trip,” Randle said.
“It was good for us to get home and get off to a good start.”
Tyrese Haliburton had 21 points and eight assists for the Kings, who have lost seven straight overall and 12 in a row on the road. Davion Mitchell added 18 points.
Sacramento’s last road victory was December 1 at the Los Angeles Clippers.
When asked if he sensed the players in the locker room had given up at any point during the current stretch of losses, Kings coach Alvin Gentry said the group would “be crazy” to do so.
“I think the losses are stacking up and that is something they would have to answer individually,” Gentry said. “We sure hope not because the opportunity that we have to be an NBA player and the lifestyle that it affords you, I think you have to be crazy to quit.”