PHILADELPHIA -- Who says you can never go home again?
Rasheed Wallace, back in his native Philadelphia and in an NBA uniform for the first time in two years, got a hero's welcome when he entered the Knicks-Sixers game midway through the third quarter.
The Sixers' faithful serenaded Wallace with "'Sheed!" chants when he checked in.
Wallace took over from there, knocking down four of his nine shots, including a three to beat the third-quarter buzzer, in the Knicks' 110-88 win.
On getting cheered (and heckled) in his own hometown, Wallace said, "They still got love for me, I’ve still got love for them. ... It was nice, seeing friends, family, getting the hecklers. It was cool."
CHANDLER OK: Tyson Chandler was playing through strep throat on Monday night. He finished with 14 points and six rebounds in 28 minutes. After the game, he said he felt much better than he did after Sunday' game, when he needed extra fluids to treat his dehydration.
"Night and day it’s amazing what a little bit of fluids, some meds and some sleep can do for you," Chandler said.
SMITH GOES SKY-HIGH: J.R. Smith wasn't necessarily ready for the pass, but he knew exactly what to do once he got it.
Smith was trailing Pablo Prigioni after the point guard stole a pass and headed down court. Prigioni got trapped in the air under the basket and threw the ball to Smith, who was about 30 feet away.
"I knew (Pablo) saw me because of the way he was looking at me when he got to halfcourt but I was dead tired and I couldn’t run," Smith said. "And then at the last minute he just kicked it back and I had to speed it up."
Smith, who earlier got into a brief skirmish with Royal Ivey, knew what to do from there, throwing down a thunderous one-handed dunk.
"That was amazing," Chandler said. "He’s such a freakish athlete. Getting the ball like that on the break and then taking off you just better get out of the way."