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Carmelo Anthony once again led the Knicks in scoring with 27 points on 10-18 shooting, adding five rebounds and two blocks.
Twelve different Knicks made it onto the score sheet, including James White (One Point), Chris Copeland (Two Points) and Rasheed Wallace with three points.
The Knicks bench was led by J.R. Smith who had 20 points and nine rebounds. The Knicks bench outscored the Sixers bench 39-24
Wallace played only 3:40 in the fourth quarter and had three points, two rebounds, one assist and one steal.
Philly was led by Jrue Holiday with 27 points and seven assists, but lost Jason Richardson two minutes into the game with a sprained ankle.
Jason Kidd and Raymond Felton combined for 23 points, four steals, seven assists and five rebounds in their second consecutive game as the starting backcourt.
This is the first time the Knicks have started 2-0 since the 1999-2000 season and only the second time since 1954 they have held their first two opponents to 84 points or less.
With the season only two games old, The Knicks are making it clear that Madison Square Garden is no longer an easy place to play
The defensive effort has become contagious among the players, including Carmelo Anthony as he dove into the stands in the first quarter for a loose ball. They continued to keep the Sixers out of the paint like they did with Miami and forced them into a jump shooting team.
Jason Kidd was a catalyst on both ends of the floor for the team as he was able to facilitate the offense both from the point guard and two guard spot and on the defensive end with three steals and hustle plays not seen in the box score.
The Knicks bench has been brilliant these first few games and shows the kind of depth this team has which can be key for an older team like they are. 39 points today off the bench after 31 points against the Heat.
J.R Smith led the way off the bench and even though we saw “Bad J.R.” at times today, “Good J.R.” was out there a lot more and even had Coach Woodson yelling at him to shoot more.
Poor Thaddeus Young, he could not guard Carmelo and eventually fouled out of the game frustrated that he had no answers on stopping him.
Nick Young, who played 31 minutes off the bench and had to replace Jason Richardson’s minutes after he left with an injury was -29 today. The next closer Sixer in +/- that played 30 minutes plus was Evan Turner with -9.
The start for this team could not be any better, defending home court with wins over Miami and Philly. Now they head on the road for the first time and its their first second of a back to back this year as well.
The Knicks next game will be at 7:00 pm at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia against the Sixers tomorrow.