Instant Replay: Knicks 99, Sixers 93

Instant Replay: Knicks 99, Sixers 93

February 24, 2013, 9:15 pm
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NEW YORK – The Sixers have not enjoyed a road win since Jan. 1 when they beat the Lakers at the Staples Center. The drought continued Sunday night with a 99-93 loss to the Knicks at Madison Square Garden, the Sixers’ third defeat to New York this season.

The Sixers dropped the season series with the Knicks, 3-1, and are now 10 games under .500 (22-32) for the first time since they started the 2010-11 season 3-13.

A tussle broke out with 7:24 to play in the third quarter. Spencer Hawes had Carmelo Anthony boxed out on a missed jumper by Nick Young. Anthony then swung his arm and smacked the back of Hawes’ head. The Sixers’ center took exception, but before Hawes could do anything, Tyson Chandler shoved him out of the way just as Hawes was beginning to confront Anthony.

Anthony was called for a flagrant foul-1, while Hawes and Chandler each received technicals.

After trailing by as many as 20 points in the third quarter, the Sixers trimmed the deficit to just five with 44 seconds remaining, but would get no closer.

Thaddeus Young returned to the Sixers’ starting lineup after missing the previous six games with a hamstring strain (see story). The Sixers went 1-5 in his absence. Young scored 11 points and pulled down 10 rebounds.

Turning point
The Sixers held the Knicks to 33 percent shooting and trailed New York 24-22 after the first quarter. The Knicks went on a 17-2 run in the first 5:24 of the second to grab 41-24 lead.

Follow the leader
Anthony led all scorers with 29 points and Amar’e Stoudemire came off the bench to score 22 points on 9-of-10 shooting.

Anthony was just 6 for 16 from the floor, but he was 16 for 18 at the foul line.

Jrue Holiday scored 30 points. Evan Turner scored 21 points, handed out eight assists and collected six rebounds. Lavoy Allen scored 10 points and grabbed eight rebounds in a reserve role with Young back in the lineup.

Doug Collins constantly wishes that his team would get a combined 40 points at the foul line and three-point line. The Sixers were 4 for 12 from long range, with Holiday making three of the four in the fourth quarter.

The Sixers were 17 of 20 at the free-throw line, which gave them 29 points total from both the three-point line and charity stripe.

The Knicks on the other hand were 8 of 29 from behind the arc and 27 of 35 at the foul line for a combined 51 points.

Take a bow
If the Sixers thought they were getting back into the game coming out of halftime, New York wasn't going to let it happen. The Knicks hit two threes and a layup in the first 1:23 to stretch their lead to 20 points. New York had dropped four straight games and saw its division lead over Brooklyn shrink to one game heading into Sunday’s action.

What’s next?
The Sixers host the Magic on Tuesday. Orlando is struggling, having lost 16 of its last 17 games, one of which was a 78-61 final to the Sixers on Feb. 4.

The Magic’s 61 points were the second-fewest allowed by the Sixers since the shot clock was introduced in the 1954-55 season. It was also a team record for least points by an opponent at the Wells Fargo Center, which opened in 1996.

Spencer Hawes led the way with 21 points and 14 rebounds, while former Sixer Nik Vucevic equaled Hawes’ rebound total to go along with his nine points for the Magic.

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