Second-quarter troubles plague Sixers in loss to Knicks
The Sixers had 15 team turnovers in a 102-92 loss to the Knicks Saturday night. (USA Today Images)
The Sixers were trying to snap a three-game losing streak while the Knicks were hoping to extend their winning ways to four straight games.
The Knicks used 32-point efforts in the second and third quarters to propel them to the 102-92 victory.
It was the first of four meetings between the two teams this year.
Lavoy Allen was sidelined for a second straight game with a calf injury.
The Knicks held the Sixers to 12 second-quarter points, the fewest points the Sixers have scored in any quarter this season. And the Sixers allowed New York to score 32 points on 56-percent shooting. An eight-point lead at the end of one quarter became a 12-point deficit for Brett Brown’s group at halftime.
Follow the leader
Amar’e Stoudemire was 8 for 10 from the field and 5 for 5 from the foul line for 21 points in a reserve role. He did his damage playing just 22 minutes.
Carmelo Anthony scored 18 points but he did not make a three-pointer -- that for a guy who shoots 40 percent from behind the arc on the season and was 9 for 15 from distance the last two games combined.
Anthony did have nine rebounds and seven assists.
All five Sixers starters scored in double figures with Spencer Hawes and James Anderson scoring 17 apiece and Thaddeus Young contributing 15 points.
Tony Wroten came off the bench to add 11 points and four assists in 11 minutes.
The Sixers' 92 points tied their fifth-lowest scoring output this season. And their bench was outscored 50-20, though New York’s reserves played far more minutes.
Take a bow
J.R. Smith let his play do the loudest talking Saturday night. After being benched Thursday in New York’s win over the Miami Heat, Smith took the court to start the second quarter. He played all 12 minutes, made all four of his field goal attempts (11 points) and handed out four assists.
Smith added a late three to his stat line to finish with 14 points, six assists and three rebounds in 27 minutes.
Head coach Mike Woodson benched Smith after the NBA fined him $50,000 for Smith untying the shoelaces of opponents during free throw attempts.
The Sixers have a nice break in their schedule after tonight with their next game being Wednesday against Charlotte. It is the third game on their current four-game homestand.
Heading into their game at Chicago this evening, the Bobcats were 15-22 but just 2-8 in their last 10 games. Kemba Walker is their leading scorer with 18.4 points per game. Former Episcopal Academy standout Gerald Henderson is averaging 15.3 points, which is right around his average from the previous two seasons (15.5, 15.1).
The Bobcats as a team average the third-fewest points in the NBA at 92.9 per game.