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Kings outlast Knicks

SACRAMENTO -- Kevin Martin was glad the Sacramento Kings didn't waste his latest 40-point game.

Martin scored a career-high 43 points Friday night in a 123-118 double-overtime victory over the New York Knicks.

"It's always good to do it and get the win, last year I got 40 and we lost (to Washington)," Martin said.

Despite Martin's effort, there was nothing easy about this victory, which snapped the Kings' two-game losing streak.

Sacramento squandered a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter, but the Knicks missed chances to win the game in both regulation and overtime.

"They had two chances to win the game, so I told the guys before the second overtime we can't give them a third," Kings guard Beno Udrih said.

The Kings opened the second overtime with a 9-2 run, with Martin's 3-pointer giving them a 116-109 lead with 1:34 left.

Martin converted four consecutive free throws and John Salmons made two in the final 12 seconds as the Kings snapped a two-game losing streak and handed New York its fifth consecutive loss.

"It was a good win for a team that in the past has had trouble winning close games, but we've got to learn from it because we made mistakes down the stretch that we have to get better from," Kings coach Reggie Theus said.

Ron Artest had 28 points and eight rebounds for the Kings.

Salmons scored 16 points and Brad Miller had 12 points and 11 rebounds before fouling out in the first overtime.

Even with the Knicks going consistently with a three-guard lineup in the second half, it was Eddy Curry and David Lee carrying their share of the load. Curry fouled out late in the second overtime with 27 points and nine rebounds, while Lee contributed 24 points and 16 rebounds.

"We were in foul trouble most of the night and we wanted to try to speed the game and the pace up a bit," Knicks coach Isiah Thomas said of his team's small lineup. "We didn't finish, we didn't do what we were supposed to do."

Quiet through three quarters, Jamal Crawford warmed up considerably in the fourth, scoring 10 points. He twice pulled the Knicks even with three-point plays in overtime, the last one tying it at 107 with 1:25 remaining.

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