By Charlie Widdoes (Twitter)
KNICKS 123, 76ERS 110 | MADISON SQUARE GARDEN
How it Happened:
Despite a slow start, the Knicks never lost focus. They trailed by 12 at one point in the 1st quarter, but as they've done consistently during their now four-game winning streak, they kept the pressure on Philadelphia and came out on top.
For the first time since April 17, 2012, New York had four players score 20 or more points, a sign of the balanced attack with which they battered the young Sixers. J.R. Smith (22 points) got the scoring started early with 12 points in the 1st quarter and Amar'e Stoudemire (23 points on 9-of-10 shooting) and Tim Hardaway Jr. (28) brought the heavy artillery from inside and out.
Carmelo Anthony, still battling flu-like symptoms, scored 22 points to go with nine rebounds, all without having to play in the 4th quarter.
Knick of the Night:
Stoudemire continues to inspire his teammates with his all-around performance in the paint. His efficienct scoring is nothing new, but he's asserting himself on the glass (six boards) and even turning defense into offense with plays like this.
The Knicks head to Boston with hopes of extending this winning streak to five games against a division rival on Wednesday.