Sunday, November 4, 2012
Rapid Reaction: Knicks 100, Sixers 84
By Ian Begley
WHAT IT MEANS: For those wondering if Friday night's 20-point win over Miami was a fluke, check out a few of the numbers from the Knicks' 100-84 win over the Sixers: The Knicks hit 51 percent from the floor, including 40 percent from beyond the arc. They held Philly to 84 points -- the same number Miami had on Friday, and forced the Sixers into 18 turnovers.
Granted, Andrew Bynum (knee) was out for Philly. And the Sixers lost Jason Richardson with an ankle injury shortly after tip-off. But a win is a win, especially against an Atlantic Division foe.
The Knicks are now 2-0 for the first time since the 1999-2000 season.
EFFICIENT MELO: For some, Carmelo Anthony's 30-point performance Friday night came with a caveat: he needed 28 shots to do it.
Today, Anthony was much more efficient.
He had a team-high 27 points on 10-of-18 shooting, hitting nine of his 14 shots from inside the arc.
D-FENSE! For the second straight game, the Knicks played solid defense. After holding Miami in check for long stretches Friday night, the Knicks held Philly to 40 percent shooting.
They also moved the ball well for the second straight game.
Jason Kidd and Ray Felton combined for 23 points, seven assists and five rebounds (Kidd had six assists).
Overall, the Knicks had 18 assists on 39 makes, which isn't necessarily indicative of the way they shared the ball.
It's been just two games, but the trio of Felton, Kidd and Pablo Prigioni (who had some rough moments but scored his first basket) seems to be filling in just fine for the departed Jeremy Lin.
SMITH'S BIG AFTERNOON:J.R. Smith lit up the Sixers on Sunday.
Coming off the bench, the Knicks' sixth man scored 20 points and hit 4 of 5 3-point attempts.
Smith hit several key buckets in the second half.
Philadelphia had cut the Knicks' 16-point lead to nine late in the third, but Smith scored eight straight points, including back-to-back 3s to open up the fourth, to give the Knicks a 15-point lead with 9:51 to play.
RA-SHEED WAL-LACE: Once again, the fans again chanted "Ra-sheed Wal-lace! Ra-sheed Wal-lace!" in the fourth quarter. With New York up comfortably, Mike Woodson inserted the 38-year-old Wallace with just under four minutes to play. He hit a turnaround one-hander with two minutes to play and the crowd went nuts.
WHAT'S NEXT: The Knicks take on the Sixers in Philly on Monday in the second game of a back-to-back. They then have three days off before their next game, Friday at home against the Mavericks. Marcus Camby, who did not appear in Sunday's game, is expected to be healthy enough to crack the rotation by Friday.