Sixers-Knicks: What you need to know

Sixers-Knicks: What you need to know

February 24, 2013, 12:00 pm
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76ers at Knicks -- 7 p.m., CSN
Madison Square Garden, New York, N.Y.

Sixers: 22-31 (Fourth in Atlantic Division, ninth in Eastern Conference)

Knicks: 32-20 (First in Atlantic Division, third in Eastern Conference)

Last meeting
The last time these two divison rivals met, Carmelo Anthony scored 21 points and grabbed seven rebounds to give the Knicks a 110-88 victory over the Sixers on Nov. 5. Jrue Holiday had 17 points and dished out eight assists to pace the Sixers.

The Sixers, who have dropped both games to the Knicks this season, have lost three of their last four contests against New York overall.

Recent games
The Sixers were no match for the defending NBA champions in Saturday's 114-90 loss to the Miami Heat. LeBron James had 16 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds for his 35th career triple-double to help the Heat cruise to an easy victory. Holiday had a team-high 21 points for the Sixers.

The Knicks were handed their season-worst fourth straight defeat after falling to the Toronto Raptors, 100-98, on Friday night. Anthony had 32 points and J.R. Smith added 19 for New York, which is winless since beating the Minnesota Timberwolves on Feb. 8.
Who's hot
After putting up 21 points against the Heat, Holiday has now scored 20 or more points 20 times this season. He accomplished that feat just 10 times in 2011-12. Holiday is also shooting 50 percent (5-for-10) from three-point range in his last four games.

Evan Turner has been shooting better as of late. Over his past five games, Turner has averaged 15.8 points after putting up just 5.0 in his previous four contests.

For the Knicks, Anthony is averaging 28.4 points per game this season, which is good for second in the NBA.

Who's not
After grabbing eight or more boards in each of his previous six games, Spencer Hawes recorded just two rebounds in Saturday's loss to Miami. He played just over 25 minutes, finishing the game with two points on 1-for-5 shooting.

Did you know?
Holiday is on pace to join Wilt Chamberlain (1967-68) as the only player in franchise history who’s averaged at least 18 points and eight assists per game in a single season.

Sixers: Thad Young (left hamstring strain) is doubtful. Andrew Bynum (bilateral bone bruises) remains sidelined. Jason Richardson (left knee surgery) is out for the rest of the season.

Knicks: Rasheed Wallace (sore left foot) and Marcus Camby (sprained left plantar fascia) are listed as day-to-day.

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