Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 1/19

Game 1: Saturday, January 19th
Game 2: Tuesday, January 29th
Game 3: Tuesday, March 12th
Game 4: Sunday, March 24th

76ers 71

(22-22, 11-14 away)

Knicks 78

(18-25, 12-10 home)

    Coverage: MSG

    7:30 PM ET, January 29, 2002

    Madison Square Garden, New York, NY

    1 2 3 4 T
    PHI 22 16 19 1471
    NY 21 16 22 1978

    Top Performers

    Philadelphia: M. Harpring 17 Pts, 10 Reb, 3 Stl

    New York: M. Jackson 11 Pts, 3 Reb, 9 Ast

    Ward makes big impact in fourth quarter

    NEW YORK (AP) -- After playing his best game in ages, Charlie Ward seemed to be trying to earn bonus points for honesty.

    "If you get any offense from me, it's surprising. Or anything, it's surprising," Ward said after scoring 11 of his season-high 14 points in the fourth quarter to lead the resurgent New York Knicks past the Philadelphia 76ers 78-71 on Tuesday night.

    The Knicks extended their winning streak to a season-high four games and held Philadelphia to its lowest point total of the season.

    It was just the second loss in nine games for the 76ers, who got just 15 points from Allen Iverson -- none in the fourth quarter -- on 6-for-25 shooting.

    "I'm amazed. The MVP of the league can't get to the free-throw line until the last three minutes of the game. That's unfair," Sixers coach Larry Brown said. "I don't like to whine, and this is the first time I've said anything about him all season, but he got beat up tonight. That's unacceptable."

    Iverson actually took four foul shots in the third quarter and two in the fourth, but he agreed with Brown's assessment that he didn't get a fair shake.

    "The refs weren't giving me any calls tonight. I felt like a rookie," he said. "I know that at this point in my career I'm not supposed to let the referees get into my head. But tonight they got the best of me."

    Ward, who hadn't played well in weeks and had scored a total of just 11 points in the previous three games, was on the court for the entire fourth quarter after logging just seven minutes in the first three quarters.

    He scored eight of New York's first 10 points of the fourth quarter on a 3-pointer, a driving 5-footer and a three-point play off a reverse layup to give New York the first 10-point lead, 69-59 with 5:27 left.

    Ward later scored on a fast-break layup for a 73-61 lead after he and Marcus Camby harassed Iverson into a turnover, but Philadelphia pulled to 73-67 with a 6-0 run.

    Ward ended the streak by finding Kurt Thomas open in the low post for a layup with 1:11 left for his only assist of the night.

    After the game, Ward was more candid and animated than usual. His self-depreciating comments about his lack of production were based in fact.

    Ward is shooting just 32 percent from the field while averaging 3.7 points, and has sat out eight games because of a coach's decision while going scoreless in four others. Lately, he has been surrendering more and more minutes to the starter, Mark Jackson.

    What has gone wrong?

    "I have no answer for that," Ward said. "We can debate it and talk about it, but there's no easy answer.

    "Tonight I was feeling good, got an opportunity to play, had fresh legs. I was trying to make a difference like I do each and every single day," Ward said.

    Jackson had 11 points and Kurt Thomas 10 for the Knicks, who got little from their two leading scorers. Allan Houston shot 3-for-16 and scored nine, while Latrell Sprewell shot 3-for-11 and also scored nine.

    Matt Harpring had 17 and Derrick Coleman 12 for the 76ers, who had scored at least 90 points in their 10 previous games and hadn't been held in the 70s since Dec. 7.

    Marcus Camby scored on an alley-oop layup off an inbounds pass at the first-quarter buzzer to cut Philadelphia's lead to 22-21, and Jackson banked in a shot from beyond midcourt at the halftime buzzer to give New York a 40-38 lead. Jackson took a bow after making the shot.

    Neither team made a move in the third, and the Knicks held a 59-57 lead entering the fourth.

    Game notes
    Sixers G Aaron McKie missed his second consecutive game with a left ankle and Achilles' tendon strain. He is not expected to play Friday at Milwaukee but could return Saturday against Toronto. ... Houston missed a free throw in the third quarter after a technical foul against Mutombo, snapping his streak of consecutive free throws at 31. ... The Knicks improved to 3-9 against teams from the Atlantic Division. ... Philadelphia was 0-for-6 from 3-point range. New York was 6-for-22.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 71 78
    FGM-FGA 28-80 (.350) 32-85 (.376)
    3PM-3PA 0-6 (.000) 6-22 (.273)
    FTM-FTA 15-22 (.682) 8-11 (.727)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 15-51 12-43
    Assists 18 25
    Turnovers 16 14
    Steals 9 6
    Blocks 1 6
    Fast Break Points 8 10
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 19 (2/0) 24 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    New York
    Matt Harpring Harpring
    Points: 17
    Reb: 10
    Ast: 0
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 0
    Mark Jackson Jackson
    Points: 11
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 9
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0