KNICKS 110 SIXERS 88 | WELLS FARGO CENTER
How it happened:
Out to prove the first two games were not a fluke; the Knicks took their show on the road in a 110-88 victory on Monday night. Facing its first test away from MSG and a back-to-back against the Sixers, New York weathered an early storm to notch win No. 3 on the season.
Leading by eight points at halftime, the Knicks turned up the heat in the third quarter by reeling off an 18-6 run over the first 6 minutes of the period. The spurt was jumpstarted by a Carmelo Anthony block and a couple of corner 3-pointers from Ronnie Brewer.
Rasheed Wallace made an early appearance and concluded the impressive 33-point third quarter with a long bomb to help the Knicks inch closer to an undefeated start to 2012.
As mentioned above, New York fell behind 14-4 in the first quarter while missing nine of its first 11 shots from the floor. Raymond Felton helped the Knicks regain their composure with seven first quarter points and four assists. The road squad eventually grabbed the lead at the 3:50 mark when Felton found J.R. Smith for an easy finish to hand New York an 18-16 advantage.
Anthony finished with 21 points, Felton dropped 16, and Smith scored 17 off the bench. Seven Knicks registered double figures in points and they recorded 24 combined assists as a team.
While Anthony was the Knicks high-scorer, Felton provided the poise under fire when the team faced an early deficit. In just 23 minutes of action, the point guard scored 16 points on 6-of-13 shooting, 2-of-5 behind the arc, and eight dimes.
New York reached the century mark for the third time this season and has yet to allow an opponent score over 90 points.
Highlight To Remeber:
With eight minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, Pablo Prigioni was caught in a tough spot on a fastbreak opportunity. Opting out of a forced shot, Prigioni kicked out to a streaking Smith, who blasted down the lane for a high-rising one-handed finish and the foul.
The Knicks jumped on a plane back to New York and will enjoy three days at home before hosting the Mavericks on Friday night.