SACRAMENTO - The best news from California's capital last night was the Knicks bus arrived on time to ARCO Arena. Everything else was a disaster.

The Knicks , missing the now-injured-again Eddy Curry, were thoroughly outclassed and humiliated by the moribund Kings last night, 111-97, to fall to 3-12.

Where is Allen Iverson when you need him? (Actually, Iverson reportedly is ready to retire, even if the Knicks can use him now more than even last week.) When Sacramento can have its way with you, it is time to re-evaluate, and the 5-8 Kings were playing without their star, Kevin Martin.

Instead Donte Greene, the former Syracuse star in the same draft class as Danilo Gallinari, destroyed the Knicks , scoring a career-high-tying 24 points and adding six blocks. Greene was selected 28th in the 2008 draft, Gallinari No. 6.

Greene was a perfect 5-for-5 in the third quarter, and chuckled on his way downcourt after a few of his improbable rainbow 3-pointers. During his monster third, Greene threw down a monster right-handed driving dunk in the third quarter, with Al Harrington and Nate Robinson watching him glide. They did as much to stop Greene as CC Sabathia, a northern California native sitting courtside, hopefully not texting LeBron James about this debacle.

Gallinari finished with a quiet eight points on 3 of 9 shooting. Kings rookies, point guard Tyreke Evans and Omri Casspi, the first Israeli to play in the NBA, outplayed the Knicks rookies Toney Douglas and Jordan Hill. Evans nearly had a triple-double. He had 19 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists. Casspi finished with 11 points.

Meanwhile, Curry's weight may be down, but his knee is in trouble again. Curry missed last night's game and could miss the Western trip's finale in Denver tomorrow. It is alarming news, especially because his comeback was just four games old.

Curry underwent an MRI exam yesterday that showed no significant damage.

"I still got a little pain, I'm going to give it tonight and [Thursday] to calm down and we'll re-evaluate it on Friday," said Curry, in the trainers' room with his leg wrapped in heating pad, wrapping and stimulation devices.

Coach Mike D'Antoni had been restructuring his offense to take advantage of Curry's low-post skills. At practice Monday in Los Angeles, D'Antoni devised new ways of him getting touches.

When they passed on Iverson last Friday, the Knicks gave Curry's potential emergence as a reason. Curry shut it down in the second half Tuesday night in after banging knees with Andrew Bynum and getting tripped by Nate Robinson. It's the same knee he hurt last season that cost him all but three games.

"It's different than it was last time," Curry said. "And already from [Tuesday] night it's feeling a lot better, so I'm feeling better about that."

The Knicks arrived to the game on time, as opposed to against the Lakers, but fell behind quickly 19-6 after six minutes. They missed nine of their first 10 shots and were never really in it. The Knicks , who shot 38 percent for the second straight night, got within 26-22 late in the first quarter but the Kings surged back ahead by double digits.

Kings center Spencer Hawes was a beast inside, making 6 of 7 buckets for 13 points in the half as the Kings took a 61-51 lead.

Nate Robinson, who scored 25 points, kept the Knicks in it the first half - 6 of 8 for 15 points in the half. Robinson was on fire while Al Harrington started the game 1 of 10, missing three times underneath on one possession. D'Antoni started Robinson and Harrington in the second half.

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