Rapid Reaction: Knicks 93, 76ers 92

March, 21, 2014
3/21/14
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That would have been embarrassing.

The Knicks nearly blew a 17-point fourth quarter lead to a hapless Philadelphia 76ers squad that has now lost 23 straight games. Luckily for coach Mike Woodson, New York managed to hold on to win its eighth in a row and keep its faint playoff hopes alive.

Woodson pulled his starters with the Knicks up 17 and 5:13 left, and Philadelphia stormed back with a 16-1 run to pull within two with less than 15 seconds to play.

With a chance to tie, the Sixers turned the ball over. Carmelo Anthony made just one of two free throws, giving Philly another opportunity to tie. Michael Carter-Williams' 3-point attempt went off the glass and bounced out, allowing the Knicks to escape with a win.

New York is three games behind the eighth-place Atlanta Hawks, who lost to the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday night.

The Knicks are making a strong push for the postseason, but history is not on their side. According to Elias, only one team in the past 30 seasons has made the playoffs after trailing by four or more games with 14 or fewer games to play.

Not pretty:This game was an NBA eyesore. The Knicks shot 41 percent from the floor and started the game 1-for-16 from deep. The Knicks and 76ers combined to shoot 24 percent from beyond the arc.

Anthony struggled from the floor for much of the night. He finished with 21 points on 5-for-16 shooting. The Knicks' leading scorer missed seven of his first nine shots.

STAT sizzles: Amar'e Stoudemire continued his incredible run on Friday. He led the Knicks with 22 points on 10-for-15 shooting and grabbed 10 rebounds. He threw down several thunderous dunks and is bringing an added dimension to the Knicks starting five.

In his past eight games (all as a starter), Stoudemire averaged 17 points per game.

Coming up big: Tyson Chandler was a strong presence on Friday. Chandler had 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Cole Aldrich added six rebounds off the bench. The Knicks outscored the Sixers in the paint 42-34.

Shump Shump: Iman Shumpert has looked strong in his new bench role in recent games. On Friday, he had 11 points and knocked down three of six attempts from 3-point range.

What's next: The Knicks will host the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday night.

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Ian Begley

ESPN New York Writer

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Carmelo Anthony
PTS AST STL MIN
24.2 3.1 1.0 35.7
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsC. Anthony 6.6
AssistsJ. Calderon 4.7
StealsS. Larkin 1.2
BlocksS. Dalembert 1.3