Knicks 106, Kings 98: Knicks Squander Another Early Lead, but Prevail Over Kings


The Knicks’ Derrick Rose driving on Darren Collison in Sunday’s game. Rose finished with 20 points.

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Jeff Hornacek, the Knicks’ coach, has recently become a believer in the philosophy that less is more. Instead of peppering his players’ minds with repeated reminders of their flaws, he has decided that ignoring the shortcomings may be best. After all, he says, the Knicks were poor free-throw shooters until they finally just stopped talking about it.

Now, he is hoping that ignorance can be the Knicks’ weapon against their newest foible. For the fourth consecutive game, New York let a sizable lead evaporate. It has become a nightly question hanging over the Knicks’ heads for the last week: How large a lead did they need to avoid blowing it and then scrambling to hold onto a win? Each night, they have failed to provide an answer.

An 11-point first-quarter advantage over the Thunder on Monday was not large enough. Up by 17 points in the fourth quarter in Minneapolis on Wednesday, they needed a last-second lifesaver from Carmelo…

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