Instant Replay: Sixers 110, Knicks 106

Instant Replay: Sixers 110, Knicks 106
January 22, 2014, 9:45 pm
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Evan Turner scored a career-high 34 points as the Sixers held off the Knicks at Madison Square Garden. (USA Today Images)


NEW YORK — One team had lost three in a row, the other had dropped four straight. One team had just 13 wins this season, the other 15. 

These are not the best of times for either the Sixers or the Knicks.

The two teams squared off at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night for the second of four meetings this season.

The Sixers used an 18-6 fourth quarter run to come from six down in the quarter to win, 110-106. The Sixers improve to 14-28.

Tony Wroten missed his second straight game with a right ankle sprain. Meanwhile, Amar’e Stoudemire and Kenyon Martin were sidelined for New York with ankle sprains.

Turning point
A Thaddeus Young three-pointer with 1:47 to play stretched the Sixers' two-point lead to 105-100. Young was 0 for 3 from beyond the arc when he took the critical jump shot.

Follow the leader
Evan Turner averages 18.1 points per game and scored a career-high 34 on 13 for 22 shooting to lead all scorers. Turner also grabbed 11 rebounds. 

Michael Carter-Williams finished with 19 points and 12 rebounds with seven assists.

Carmelo Anthony had a slow start scoring just one first-quarter point, but he finished with team-high 28 points to go with his seven assists.

Andrea Bargnani had a nice game scoring 20 points on 7 for 12 shooting.

The Sixers came into the game having made just 8 of 57 three-point field-goal attempts in their last three games. At the half against the Knicks, they had made 6 of 9. 

They finished 9 for 14 from long range and survived New York’s 15 for 33 three-point shooting.

Take a bow
With 6:30 left in the third quarter, the Sixers led a beautiful fast break that began with an Evan Turner rebound. Turner passed ahead to Spencer Hawes, who hit a trailing James Anderson with a bounce pass for a dunk. 

Anderson scored 18 points on 8 for 11 shooting and the Sixers had 28 assists on 42 made field goals.

What’s next
The Sixers will host the Atlantic Division-leading Raptors on Friday. Toronto has twice beaten the Sixers this season. In those two games, Toronto shot a combined 24 for 54 from three-point range. 

The Raptors get after it defensively, holding opponents to the third fewest points at 96.5 per game.

Toronto is led in scoring by DeMar DeRozan, who averages 21.3 points.

The Raptors hosted the Mavericks on Wednesday and won, 93-85. Dallas outscored Toronto, 34-15, in the first quarter but the Raptors turned the tables in the second quarter putting 31 points on the board and holding the Mavericks to 17. They also held Dallas to just 12 fourth quarter points.

Toronto comes to town with a 21-20 record.