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While this game ended very close, it did not start that way. This could have been one of the many reasons the Sixers lost at home to the Knicks on Wednesday night, 82-79.

The Sixers started out shooting 0-14 from the floor, getting their first 4 points on free throws by Thaddeus Young. The Knicks seemed to be pulling away through great play from Amare Stoudemire (8-14 FG, 5-8 FT); Stoudemire finished with 21 points and 9 rebounds.

Stoudemire drove the Knicks past Philadelphia.

Carmelo Anthony (5-15 FG, 10 points) was a non-factor as he has seemed to be all season, only detracting from his team’s offensive performance with poor shooting. This game was decided by Stoudemire, as mentioned above, and Jeremy Lin, who finished with 18. However, despite what looked like a potential blowout, the contest became a very defensive-minded game.

The Sixers were held to just 25% shooting in the first quarter for a season-low 11 points. The Knickerbockers scored 19, to take an 8-point lead on an Amare Stoudemire dunk with 31 seconds remaining.

However, thanks to a few buckets here-and-there from the members of the “Night Shift” – Lou Williams and Thaddeus Young – the Sixers stayed in the game, keeping their halftime deficit at 8.

In the third quarter, the ball started to find the net with some consistency.With 4:43 left in the third, Thaddeus Young dished the rock to Andre Iguodala, who swished a 24-foot corner three to give Philly its first lead, 49-48.

Unfortunately, the Sixers could not keep their lead for very long and it become a game of lead changes. Going into the fourth, the Sixers were down only 59-58 thanks to five straight points from Williams to end the period.

Turner's inability to score (2 points, 1-7 FG) hurt his team.

But once again, not having a closer killed the Sixers, who are now 0-8 in games decided by 3 points or less. Linsanity heated up in the fourth quarter. Jeremy Lin, who was a paltry 4-17 from the field, contributed 16 of his 18 points in the final twelve minutes as he hit on all ten of his free throw attempts.

The Sixers found themselves down only 3 with 3:04 to go in the game when Andre Iguodala stepped to the charity stripe. He clanked the first off the rim, but sunk the second. That miss suddenly became significant to the game because moments later, Iguodala missed a fast break layup when he could have simply slammed for 2. If Iguodala had converted the freebie and the layup, it would’ve been a tie game.

In the closing minutes, Lin sunk clutch free throws to put the game away. With three seconds to go, Jodie Meeks sunk a three ball to cut the gap to three, but that was where Iguodala’s misses became grave because had he made his free throw and layup, Meeks’ 3 would have tied the game. However, the Sixers had a chance still with 4 seconds left. But due to miscommunication, the Sixers did not foul despite Doug Collins pleading with the men on the court to. This led to the Knicks running out the clock.

Jrue Holiday scored 16 and dished out 5 assists for Philadelphia, while Elton Brand added 12 points, 12 rebounds, 5 blocks, and 3 steals.

The Sixers (26-21) are beginning to see their lead in the division die, now at 1 game over Boston. The Sixers play the Celtics on Friday, in Philadelphia.

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Author:Austin Krell

Sixers beat writer and NBA analyst

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