Monday, November 5, 2012
Rapid Reaction: Knicks 110, 76ers 88
By Ian Begley
WHAT IT MEANS: Just about everything has gone right for the Knicks so far this season.
They opened the season with a win over the Heat. Then came a drubbing of Philly at home on Sunday. And on Monday night, they completed the home-and-home sweep of the Sixers with a 110-88 win.
After a slow start, the Knicks thoroughly dominated Doug Collins' club on Monday.
They finished with seven players in double figures, led by Carmelo Anthony's 21 points. And for the third straight game, they were dominant on the defensive end, holding Philly to 33.7 percent shooting.
What does it all mean?
New York's 3-0 to start the season for the first time since 1999-2000.
MELO, FELTON FUEL 'EM: The Knicks seemed a step slow early on, missing their first five shots as Philly took a 9-0 first-quarter lead.
But Ray Felton and Anthony brought New York out of its funk.
The power forward and point guard combined for 25 first-half points, with Anthony doing the bulk of his damage inside on Thaddeus Young -- just as he did Sunday.
Anthony had a tough time from beyond the arc (1-for-6) but hit 4 of 5 from in close. The Knicks outscored the Sixers by 20 when Anthony was on the floor.
Felton, clearly motivated in his second stint in New York, had eight assists and 16 points in just 23 minutes. He turned it over just twice.
NEED FOR 'SHEED:Rasheed Wallace got a hero's welcome in Philly, his hometown. Fans at the Wells Fargo Center screamed "Sheeeed!" when he entered the game midway through the third. Wallace knocked down two 3-pointers and a turnaround jumper -- his second 3 coming at the third-quarter buzzer.
The Knicks' bench -- and Philly crowd -- exploded after Wallace knocked down the buzzer 3.
SMITH SIZZLES: Maybe something about Philly lights a fire under J.R. Smith?
Smith was fantastic off the bench on Monday. He had 17 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and converted a cloud-scraping dunk off of a feed from Pablo Prigioni in the second half. Smith lit up Philly for 20 points and nine rebounds on Sunday.
Earlier in Monday's game, Smith got into a little skirmish with Royal Ivey. Smith and Ivey got tangled up in the paint early in the second quarter after it appeared that Ivey pushed Smith. Smith pushed back but the two were separated before anything escalated.
Smith and Ivey both got personal fouls and Smith was assessed a technical. (The second guy always gets in trouble.)
Smith's wasn't the only technical issued to the Knicks.
Tyson Chandler was whistled for a technical after he hit Thaddeus Young with a late elbow. Chandler had vowed not to get T'd up this season. Oh well.
Chandler played well despite being hampered by strep throat. The center finished with 14 points and six boards in 29 minutes.
WHAT'S NEXT: The Knicks will likely have the day off Tuesday after a back-to-back. With a veteran team (or any other team, really), it doesn't make sense to practice after two straight games. They'll practice on Wednesday and Thursday to prepare for Friday's home game against Dallas.
If all goes well for Mike Woodson's crew, Marcus Camby should make his debut against the Mavs.
Camby missed the entire preseason and the first three regular-season games with a calf strain that was originally supposed to sideline him 7-10 days.