Rapid Reaction: Knicks 99, Sixers 93

February, 24, 2013
2/24/13
9:48
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The losing streak is over. The division lead is safe -- for now.

The New York Knicks snapped a season-high four-game losing streak with a 99-93 win over the Philadelphia 76ers at Madison Square Garden on Sunday night. New York is two games ahead of the Brooklyn Nets, who lost to Memphis on Sunday, in the Atlantic Division.

Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire led the way for the Knicks. Anthony scored a team-high 29 points and Stoudemire gave the Knicks a much-needed punch off the bench with 22 points in 22 minutes.
He hit nine of 10 field goals.

The Knicks took control in the second quarter -- thanks to seven points from Stoudemire -- and went up by 20 early in the third. From there, they held off several Sixers rallies to walk off the floor with a win for the first time since Feb. 8.

Philadelphia has lost five straight and 16 of 18 on the road.

DEFENSE SHOWS UP: The Knicks had allowed an average of 104.8 points per game during their losing streak.

They tightened up on Sunday, holding Philadelphia 18 points in the second quarter and a 43 percent field goal percentage for the game.

Jrue Holiday had 30 points and Evan Turner had 21 but no other Sixer scored more than 11.

THAT'S AMAR'E: Stoudemire was efficient and assertive in the post. He scored on an array of quick moves in the lane. He also had five rebounds. The Knicks outscored Philly by 10 when Stoudemire was on the floor.

TYSON'S PUNCHOUT: Well, almost.

Midway through the third, Anthony hit Philly center Spencer Hawes in the back of the head. Hawes took umbrage and approached Anthony. Tyson Chandler came over and shoved Hawes away from Anthony.

Referees had to separate the two centers. Both Hawes and Chandler received technical fouls for the dustup. Anthony was whistled for a flagrant.

Chandler had a strong game for New York, 12 rebounds and three blocks in 35 minutes. J.R. Smith scored 14 off the bench, including two 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to quell a Philadelphia rally.

FELTON HURT: Raymond Felton left the game late in the third quarter with a bruised right heel. He returned to the bench early in the fourth.

Before leaving with the injury, Felton had 14 points and three assists in 29 minutes. He returned to the game with 6:30 to play in the fourth and the Knicks up, 11.

KENYON DNP: Despite the MSG crowd's best efforts, Kenyon Martin did not get in the game. The crowd was chanting Martin's name late in the fourth, but coach Mike Woodson left the veteran on the bench with the outcome still up in the air.

WHAT'S NEXT: The Knicks host Mark Jackson's Golden State Warriors on Wednesday.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Carmelo Anthony
PTS AST STL MIN
27.4 3.1 1.2 38.7
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsC. Anthony 8.1
AssistsP. Prigioni 3.5
StealsI. Shumpert 1.2
BlocksA. Bargnani 1.2