SIXERS 106 KNICKS 94 | MADISON SQUARE GARDEN
How it happened:
The third quarter proved to be problematic for the Knicks once again as the team surrendered 38 points and were outscored by 14 in the crucial stretch before the final period. Sixers shooting guard Evan Turner scored 13 of his 24 points in the third and along with Louis Williams (24 points), Philadelphia streaked pas the Knicks 106-94 on Sunday afternoon.
New York owned a 24-22 lead after the first 12 minutes as Carmelo Anthony sunk 5-of-7 shots from the floor to pace his squad. Anthony finished with a team-high 22 points. Tyson Chandler made his return to the floor and contributed eight points and 12 boards. The big man missed the previous two games due to a strained hamstring while he is also nursing an injured wrist.
“They [Philadelphia] are a god defensive team. They are long and athletic. At the end of the day, we were a little sloppy and careless. They did a good job of scouting and making us uncomfortable.” – Jeremy Lin
Both teams combined for 88 points in the paint of the 200 scored in the game.
Anthony enjoyed a nice start with 12 of his 22 points in the first quarter. The All-Star reached the charity stripe 12 times and connected on 11 of those attempts. He also snatched nine boards in 29 minutes of action.
The schedule does not get any easier for the Knicks as they jump on a plane to Chicago for a Monday night matchup against the East’s best team, the Chicago Bulls.