By Charlie Widdoes (Twitter)
76ERS 110, KNICKS 106 | MADISON SQUARE GARDEN
How it Happened:
Facing a young, hungry Sixers team that they had beaten two weeks ago, the Knicks faced a battle of tempo tonight. Philadelphia plays as fast as any team in the league, and they came out determined to push the pace and create as many scoring opportunities as possible.
With an opportunity to build their cushion in the Atlantic Division, New York instead dropped its fifth straight loss while giving up 64 percent shooting from beyond the three-point line.
A balanced attack, especially early, and a second half surge were not enough, as Philadelphia came away with a confidence-building victory at Madison Square Garden. Evan Turner led the way with 34 points and 11 rebounds and Michael Carter-Williams, the precocious rookie, lived up to the hype with 19 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists in his Garden professional debut.
Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 28 points, although six of those came in the game's final seconds with the outcome all but decided. Anthony was one of five Knicks to score in double figures, a sign of the way the offense flowed on the way to 15 made three-pointers -- the first time in double digits since December 30.
Joining Melo in double figures were Andrea Bargnani (20 points), Iman Shumpert (19), J.R. Smith (14) and Tyson Chandler (10).
Knick of the Night:
Chandler said after the Knicks' loss to Brooklyn that his team needed to execute better on both ends of the floor, and he responded by playing with energy and hauling in 14 rebounds, to go with 10 points and three blocks.
The Knicks practice tomorrow before welcoming the Charlotte Bobcats to the Garden on Friday.