KNICKS 85 SIXERS 79 F | MADISON SQUARE GARDEN
How it happened:
In search of their fourth straight victory, the Knicks came out with the type of intensity needed against a team that had won six consecutive games. The Eastern Conference rivals battled in New York on Wednesday night as the Knicks came out ahead, topping Philadelphia 85-79. The first half was key as the Knicks built a 31-17 lead and established a physical presence against one of the best teams in the league to start the 2011-12 season. Carmelo Anthony dropped 27 points and grabbed nine boards and Amar’e Stoudemire added 20 to help New York improve to 6-4 on the season.
The Knicks held a top offensive team to just 39.5 percent from the floor and 79 points.
Anthony traded physical and verbal jabs at Andre Iguodala for a majority of the second half. The Knicks All-Star hit some crucial buckets, including a couple of fadeaways right in Iguodala’s face. Overall, Anthony did not have a great shooting night but did connect on 8-for-8 of his free throw attempts. Additionally, he was effective once double teams collapsed and succeeded in finding open teammates, tallying up five assists for the night.
Iman Shumpert logged a team-high 38 minutes while directing the show at the point guard spot. His numbers were not jaw-dropping but the leadership was solid for the 21-year old. The rookie finished with 10 points, three assists, and four rebounds. Josh Harrellson was also a major contributor in the first half as he hit a timely 3-pointer to close the third quarter and posted 13 points in the 85-79 victory.
After taking care of business in two straight home games, exiting their mini-homestand 2-0, the Knicks jumped on a plane Wednesday night to head to Memphis. The team will arrive in preparation for a Thursday night matchup against the Grizzlies on TNT.