KNICKS 99 SIXERS 93 | MADISON SQUARE GARDEN
How it happened:
A little home cooking is exactly what the Knicks needed to snap the longest losing streak of the season. Carmelo Anthony scored a team-high 29 points and Amar’e Stoudemire fueled the bench crew with 22 points to lift the Knicks to a crucial 99-93 victory over the 76ers on Sunday evening.
After a poor shooting first quarter, New York erupted in the first 2 minutes of the second quarter on a 7-0 run and nine point lead. At that point in the contest, Stoudemire already registered eight points on 4-of-5 shooting from the floor to provide a jolt to the Knicks offense.
New York expanded its lead by outscoring Philadelphia 28-18 in the game-changing second quarter.
Another 8-0 spurt to start the third quarter just about buried the 76ers as the road squad struggled to find scoring options outside of Jrue Holiday (30) and Evan Turner ( 21). The third period also featured a bit of extracurricular activity between Anthony, Tyson Chandler, and Spencer Hawes.
Hawes was hit in the head by Anthony and he turned to have some words with the New York All-Star. Chandler quickly came to the defense of his teammate by shoving Philadelphia’s 7-footer. Anthony was called for a Flagrant 1, and a double technical was called on Chandler and Hawes.
The emotions dissipated for both teams heading into the fourth quarter. However, the 76ers managed to gain some momentum down the stretch by cutting the Knicks advantage to just five points with 40 seconds remaining in the contest. New York shut the door on the road squad by forcing an errant shot from Turner and Chandler blocked Holiday’s attempt from downtown.
J.R. Smith finished with 14 points and six rebounds, Raymond Felton posted 14, and Jason Kidd snatched nine boards to help the Knicks improve to 33-20 on the season.
“After losing four straight it is never a good feeling. Tonight we came out with the intensity we needed.” -- Stoudemire
Knick of the Night:
Stoudemire’s spin and dunk over Damien Wilkins in the first quarter was just a snapshot of his solid outing on Sunday at MSG. The big man only played 22 minutes but scored 22 on 9-of-10 attempts from the field to go along with five boards.
New York hit 27-of-35 (77.1%) shots from the charity stripe in the victory.
The Knicks will have two days off to prepare for the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday in a late contest starting at 8 PM.