Saturday, January 26, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Sixers 97, Knicks 80
By Ian Begley
WHAT IT MEANS: Just call it a Philly flop.
Raymond Felton was rusty in his return and the the Knicks were flat on offense and disinterested on defense. It all added up to a 97-80 loss in Philadelphia.
Playing his first game in nearly five weeks, Felton looked a step slow on defense as Jrue Holiday scored a majority of his 19 first-half points on the Knicks point guard.
Felton, who hadn't played since Dec. 25 due to a fractured right pinky, also had a tough night from the floor, shooting 2-for-8 to finish with eight points in 29 minutes.
But he wasn't alone. The Knicks, who trailed by as many as 29 in the second half, shot 34.6 from the field, including 4-for-27 from beyond the arc.
New York has lost five of eight.
KNICKS NOT IN HOLIDAY SPIRIT: Holiday showed why coaches voted him to the Eastern Conference All-Star team.
He set a career-high with 35 points on 16-for-25 shooting.
Felton, J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert and anyone else Mike Woodson stuck on Holiday struggled to stay in front of the third-year guard.
He had 12 in the third quarter as Philly built a 22-point lead.
The Knicks' leading man, on the other hand, had an off night.
Carmelo Antony missed 18 of his first 25 shots and finished with 25 points on 9-for-28 shooting.
J.R. STRUGGLES: J.R. Smith's shooting struggles continued on Saturday.
Smith missed all eight of his attempts, including four from beyond the arc. He has missed 21 of his last 24 shots.
He also had three of Knicks' 16 turnovers.
STRONG NIGHT FOR AMARE: One bright spot for the Knicks? The play of Amar'e Stoudemire. Stoudemire had a season-high 20 points and continues to look more comfortable on the offensive end. He shot 8-for-13, pulled down four rebounds and added an assist, a steal and a block in 27 minutes.
Stoudemire was strong with his back to the basket and in the post, scoring 18 of his 20 points in the paint. After receiving a DNP in Boston, Chris Copeland played 16 minutes against Philly, scoring two points.
WHAT'S NEXT: The Knicks head home to play the send game of a back-to-back against Atlanta on Sunday at 6:30 p.m..
That starts a stretch of five straight home games for New York.