What trade demand?

New York Knicks president Donnie Walsh said he probably would begin discussions with Nate Robinson's agent, Aaron Goodwin, today about his request to trade the benched guard.

But Robinson said yesterday: "I want to be a Knick," indicating that he would like to stay put. The trade request came after Robinson was benched for eight straight games by coach Mike D'Antoni.

Evans wins it

Former American Christian Academy star Tyreke Evans took matters into his own hands Saturday to end Sacramento's eight-game road losing streak.

Evans sank a twisting righthanded layup at the finish to lift the Kings past the Milwaukee Bucks, 96-95.

"I thought I had him for a second, but he has that kind of one-two step," said the Bucks' Andrew Bogut. "The first step he went right, and I thought I was there. Then he changed left and spun it off the backboard."

Evans, a native of Chester, finished with 24 points.

Dribbles

The Boston Celtics and Minnesota Timberwolves played with two referees instead of the usual three last night. Celtics spokesman Brian Olive said the third referee did not arrive at TD Banknorth Garden, probably because of the snowstorm that snarled travel on the East Coast. Derrick Stafford and Kevin Fehr worked the game as scheduled. . . . Utah's Kyle Korver has had more complications with his surgically repaired left knee. The former 76ers swingman played only two scoreless minutes Saturday against Charlotte before he was finished for the night.

- Inquirer wire services