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Kings 135, Knicks 129; 7th straight loss

The New York Knicks put up a decent fight on Saturday night. But in the end, the result was the same: another disappointing loss in this disaster of a season.

New York trailed by 15 in the first quarter but battled back to force overtime only to fall short against DeMarcus Cousins and the Kings, 135-129.

Cousins crushed the Knicks for much of the game, finishing with 39 points, 11 rebounds and four assists. Carmelo Anthony had 36 points and 11 rebounds for the Knicks, who have lost seven straight and 17 of their last 18.

At 5-27, the Knicks are off to the worst 32-game start in franchise history.

Disaster on “D”: The Knicks only had nine active players on Saturday due to injury. But they couldn’t blame injuries for their downfall on Saturday. Defense was the bigger issue.

Sacramento hit 55 percent of its shots, including an eye-popping 69 percent in the first quarter. Sacramento put up 38 in the first quarter. New York has allowed more than 30 points in its last three first quarters.

In addition to Cousins, Rudy Gay (29 points) and Darren Collison (27) also torched the Knicks.

Cole World: One bright spot for the Knicks? Cole Aldrich had a fantastic game. He had 18 points and seven rebounds in 24 minutes. Aldrich made 8 of 9 shots and seems to be taking minutes away from Samuel Dalembert, who started the season as the starting center.

It will be interesting to see if Derek Fisher gives Aldrich more minutes in games to come.