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Knicks 103, Kings 100: Scenes from a chippy, crazy West Coast win

Wow, that was close.

NBA: New York Knicks at Sacramento Kings Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Knicks held off the Sacramento Kings in a taut, batshit-crazy contest, 103-100. There were techs, bizarre refereeing, air-balled free throws, Melo missing two game-sealing free throws and DeMarcus Cousins barely missing a game-tying heave at the buzzer. If you were drifting off to sleep toward the end of this game, you’re probably wide awake after watching this:

-puts on beat writer hat- Clearly Phil “Master Manipulator” Jackson has convinced Carmelo Anthony not to hold the ball so long!

In all seriousness, though, Melo had a phenomenal game, with 33 points.

Kristaps has handles for days, yo.

Young ‘Staps struggled from the field yet again (6-19) but still wound up with 17 points and 10 rebounds.

Justin Holiday helped put the Knicks up late with a huge three:

Joakim Noah overcame Sacramento’s hack-a-Noah strategy by sinking two from the charity stripe with two minutes remaining. Don’t let Boogie make fun of your shooting form, my man!

Recap to come. The Knicks are certainly not boring.