NEW YORK -- The Sixers’ skid kept on rolling Monday night with a 123-110 loss to the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden.
The Sixers have now lost 17 consecutive games and are creeping up on the franchise record of 20 straight defeats by the 1972-73 club.
Carmelo Anthony had 11 points at halftime. Anthony came out of intermission and scored another 11 points in the third quarter alone.
The Knicks outscored the Sixers, 30-24, in the third quarter.
On the very first play of the fourth quarter, Tim Hardaway Jr. made the Knicks’ 10th three pointer of the game to push their lead to 94-85.
The Sixers never got any closer the rest of the way.
Follow the leader
Hardaway scored 28 points for the Knicks. Amar’e Stoudemire totaled 23 points, while Anthony and J.R. Smith each finished with 22.
Despite the loss, the Sixers had a number of guys play well. Michael Carter-Williams finished with 23 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists for his second career triple-double.
James Anderson was 6 of 8 in the first half for 14 points. However, Anderson added just three points in the second half.
Tony Wroten followed up his career-high 30-point effort Saturday with 23 against the Knicks on Monday.
Brett Brown talks a lot about Carter-Williams and Wroten ability to attack the rim.
The two guards did just that Monday night and were rewarded with trips to the foul line. The pair combined to go 13 of 17 at the free throw line. The Sixers were 18 of 25 from the stripe overall.
Take a bow
Henry Sims made his presence felt in the middle. The Sixers’ starting center made his first four shots and scored 10 points in 20 minutes of work. He also added three rebounds and three assists.
Sims played very little in the second half, as Brown rotated in other big men like Arnett Moultrie. Moultrie scored eight points in 14 second-half minutes and grabbed four rebounds.
The Sixers host the Sacramento Kings Wednesday night. The Kings have 22 wins this season and have dropped two in a row prior to facing the Pistons on Tuesday.
The Sixers picked up a 113-104 win over the Kings on Jan. 2 when they were in the middle of their season-long four-game winning streak. Thaddeus Young led the Sixers with 28 points in that game, while Wroten came off the bench to score 21 points.