On Sunday Night, at Madison Square Garden, the Knicks (33-20) defeated the Philadelphia 76ers (23-32) 99-93. Box Score
Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks in scoring with 29 points on 6-18 shooting from the field. He went to the free throw line 18 times, making 16 of them. He also added seven rebounds and two assists.
J.R. Smith scored 14 points off the bench on 5-12 shooting from the field. He had six rebounds, two assists one steal and made three, three pointers.
Jrue Holiday led the 76ers in scoring with 30 points on 12-24 shooting from the field. He was the first Sixer to score 30 in back to back games against the Knicks since Allen Iverson did so in 2006. He also added five rebounds and five assists.
Evan Turner scored 21 points on 7-18 shooting from the floor for the Sixers to go along with six rebounds and eight assists. The Sixers had five players score in double figures.
Tyson Chandler scored only five points but led the Knicks in rebounds with 12 and had three blocks. Jason Kidd shot 1-7 from the floor but was second on the team with nine rebounds.
The Knicks were giving up 104.8 points per game in their four game losing streak and only allowed 93
The Knicks only shot 24% from three as they only hit 8-30.
The Knicks out rebounded the Sixers 48-44
The Knicks bench outscored the Sixers bench 44-21
This was the Knicks 10th win in their last 14 games against the Sixers and won the season series this year 3-1. The Sixers are now on a five game losing streak.
This was the Knicks first win since February 8th against Minnesota and first win at home since beating the Pistons on February 4th.
Whats the cure for a four game losing streak? Apparently the Philadelphia 76ers.
Are all the problems with the Knicks and how they played before today now all gone and the rest of the season will be rainbows and sunshine?
But, this was a nice win and a much needed win for the Knicks.
While they were at their lowest point in the season, you saw the two highest paid and most scrutinized players on the team step up and lead them to victory.
Carmelo Anthony did not shoot the ball well and turned it over five times, but still got his points. How you ask? By going to the line over and over again. His 18 attempts from the line were tied for his season high and making 16 of them was pretty important.
Amar’e Stoudemire was doing it all on the offensive side of the ball. Hitting his mid range jump shot, attacking the rim both with authority and with the soft touch. He was able to give the Knicks an interior presence on offense because the three points shots again were not falling for the most part.
Then of course, when a team is on a losing streak, emotions can be high and when Melo and the extremely talentless Spencer Hawes got into it, this happened… (H/T TheKnicksWall.com)
Tyson Chandler will not stand for that nonsense and considering the lack of emotion we have seen from this team outside of yelling at the refs, this was nice to see.
This team during this bad stretch looked like it was splitting at the seams and were not trusting each other. But, tonight you saw that with guys like Chandler in the locker room, that will be far from the truth.
I said that unless the Knicks beat themselves, the Sixers would not beat them and for the most part, that was true. Sure Holiday and Turner played well and the narrative of not being to control opposing point guards remains the same. But the Sixers, truthfully devoid of any serious talent beyond those two were never going to win this game.
It also helps that, as Doug Collins pointed out to the media after the game, the Knicks outscored the Sixers 23-2 over two separate stretches. That was where the game was lost for Philly. Especially when the lead went from 12 to 20 early in the third and Sixers had to climb uphill the rest of the way.
The problems the Knicks have had since they started 18-5 are not close to being fixed completely. But for one night, we can all relax and know that the losing streak is over.
Coming up next the Knicks are home again as for the first time this season they will take on Stephen Curry, Once a Knick, Always a Knick David Lee and the Golden State Warriors. The game will start at 8:00 pm Wednesday and will be shown on MSG and ESPN.