Instant Replay: Sixers 97, Knicks 80

Instant Replay: Sixers 97, Knicks 80

January 26, 2013, 9:30 pm
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Doug Collins was not on the bench for the final quarter and a half of the Sixers’ best home win of the year, as the Sixers manhandled the Atlantic Division-leading Knicks, 97-80.

Collins went to the locker room to be examined by a team physician, Dr. Daniel Lazowick, for an undisclosed ailment.

Meanwhile, his team had a 26-point lead heading into the final quarter and cruised to victory to snap a two-game losing streak and improve to 18-25 on the season.

Turning point
The Sixers won the first quarter for just the 11th time this season. They held New York to 32 percent shooting in the first 12 minutes. They also forced the Knicks into six turnovers and scored 10 of their 24 first-quarter points off them.

The Sixers are now 10-1 when winning the first quarter.

Follow the leader
Jrue Holiday showed yet again why he is All-Star material. Holiday tallied a career-high 35 points, dished out six assists and had just one turnover. From the field, he shot 16 for 25 (64 percent).

Evan Turner was 8 for 14 for 20 points. It was Turner’s second consecutive 20-point game.

Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 25 points but he took 28 shots to get them. Amare Stoudemire came off the bench to score 20 points and Tyson Chandler had six points and 10 rebounds.

The Knicks average the most made threes per game with 11, and their 38 percent shooting from beyond the arc is fourth-best in the NBA. The Sixers limited them to four made triples on 27 attempts (15 percent). New York shot just 35 percent overall.

The Sixers shot 51 percent and were 6 for 19 from distance.

Take a bow
Doug Collins used his eighth different combination of players to start the game. Spencer Hawes replaced Lavoy Allen at center. It was Hawes’ first start of the year, but in the previous two seasons with the Sixers he started 110 games. Hawes finished with four points and five rebounds.

Nick Young made his fourth start of the season and scored 20 points.

What’s next
The Grizzlies will host New Orleans on Sunday and then fly to Philadelphia for a Monday matchup with the Sixers, who beat the Grizzlies the day after Christmas, 99-89. Memphis was without their leading scorer that night — Rudy Gay got stuck in an airport due to bad weather while traveling back from his Christmas holiday.

Gay averages 17 points. All-Star Zach Randolph averages 16 points and 11.5 rebounds. In the previous meeting, Randolph and Marc Gasol combined for 41 points.

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