Tired of losing, the New York Knicks finally showed up to play and ended their four-game losing streak, beating the Philadelphia 76ers, 99-93, at Madison Square Garden. No, coach Mike Woodson still did not make lineup changes, but a win is a win. Tonight’s win improves the team to 33-20, bringing them to within a half game of the Indiana Pacers for the second seeding in the Eastern Conference.
Yes, this win is against a bad sixers team, but the Knicks have been struggling against teams they really shouldn’t be struggling against. The team finally played all four quarters and built big enough leads to reject the runs Philadelphia made.
Carmelo Anthony, who struggled with his shot (6-of-18 from the field), led the Knicks with 29 points, while Amar’e Stoudemire provided a spark off the bench, going 9-of-10 from the field for 22 points in 22 minutes. Both Raymond Felton and J.R. Smith contributed to the win with 14 points each. Tyson Chandler had a strong performance, finishing with 12 boards, five points and three blocks.
Next up, the Knicks host the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday. Can they keep up this intensity and go on a much needed winning streak?