KNICKS 100 SIXERS 84 | MADISON SQUARE GARDEN
How it happened:
There was no letdown following the destruction of the Heat on Friday night. The Knicks followed up their impressive home debut with another solid outing and 100-84 win over the Sixers on Sunday afternoon at MSG.
From the opening tip, New York controlled the tempo and built a 19-12 lead at the midpoint of the first quarter. The team scored 31 first period points against one of the top defensive teams in the Eastern Conference. Philadelphia is also missing Andrew Bynum for the next couple of games as he continues to rehab from a minor knee procedure.
Carmelo Antony provided a scoring punch in similar fashion as the game against Miami. The All-Star scored 15 of his 27 team-high points in the first half while beating the buzzer on a fast break to give the Knicks momentum heading into the locker room.
The Sixers mounted a slight comeback and trimmed New York’s lead down to nine points prior to the final stanza. J.R. Smith jumped off the pine and instantly ignited the Knicks offense in the fourth quarter to extend the lead to 18 points. The productive sixth man scored 9 of his 20 points in the final quarter.
In the starting lineup for the second straight game, Jason Kidd was a stabilizing force, scoring 12 points and dishing out six assists. Raymond Felton added 11 and Ronnie Brewer continued to excel in the starting unit with nine points in 25 minutes.
The Knicks improved to 2-0 on the season and notched an always important division victory.
Anthony attacked the rim with every open opportunity en route to a 27-point outburst. At the power forward spot, he hit 10-of-18 shots from the floor and 6-of-9 attempts at the charity stripe. Anthony also grabbed five boards.
Overall, New York’s attack was polished, finishing 51 percent from the floor, 41 percent behind the arc, and 18 total team assists in the win.
The Knicks jumped on a plane directly after the game this afternoon and will face the Sixers again on Monday night in Philadelphia. After two home games to start the season, the contest in Philadelphia will mark the first road test for New York.