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Knicks, Three-Pointers Sink Sixers In Back End of Home and Home

For the second day in a row, two Atlantic Division rivals met for the second day in a row, this time in Philadelphia. The Sixers were looking to bounce back after a tough 100-84 loss on Sunday to the Knicks. The Sixers also were trying to improve their defense on Knicks SF turned PF, Carmelo Anthony, but they fell short once again in a 110-88 loss.

The 76ers wasted a double-double from Young (via Inquirer).

The first quarter started out very nicely for the Sixers. Dorell Wright smacked the cotton with a three-pointer to put the Sixers up 7-0 at the 10:33 mark of the first quarter. The game started out with a 9-0 Sixers run. Jrue Holiday then knocked down another three-ball to put the Sixers up 12-2 only two minutes later. After another Wright layup, however, the Knicks went on a run that would last the remainder of the game. ‘Melo helped cap off the Knicks first-quarter comeback with a late three-pointer, leaving the score at 25-21 Knicks after 12 minutes.

In the second quarter, Argentinian newcomer Pablo Prigioni hit a leaning jumper to put NY up 29-22. Then, however, Nick Young caught fire. Young scored five points consecutive possessions to bring the Sixers within 2, but Brewer responded with another 3-pointer. As Brewer shot his three, Royal Ivey and J.R. Smith got into a bit of a fight, resulting in a technical foul.

Then, the Knicks lead swelled. Between the 5:20 and 4:33 marks of the second quarter, Raymond Felton and J.R. Smith hit back-to-back threes to put the Knicks up ten, 48-38. With five seconds left in the quarter, Nick “Swaggy” Young nailed another trey to bring the Sixers within eight points, 56-48.

The third quarter belonged to the Knicks. Between the 8:17 and 7:22 moments of the third, Ronnie Brewer hit two more threes to put the Knicks up eighteen, 72-54. The Knicks soon went up twenty points and the game barely moved after that. Rasheed Wallace hit a fade away three ball as time expired in the third to put the Knickerbockers up 89-68.

The Orange and Blue closed the Sixers out in the fourth quarter. J.R. Smith made a thirty-foot three pointer to put NY up 103-79 with four minutes left, all but ending the contest and assuring the Sixers of their second straight loss.

Thaddeus Young (14 points and 10 rebounds), Jrue Holiday (17 points and 8 assists), and Evan Turner (11 points, 9 rebounds, and 6 assists) led the way for the Sixers. Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 21 points while point guard Raymond Felton added 16 points and 8 assists.

Player of the Game

Ronnie Brewer killed the Sixers, tonight. He hit three of his four three pointers and had thirteen points for the Knicks along with 10 rebounds for the double-double.

Keys to the Game

Hold Carmelo Anthony – Melo had 21 points on 7/16 shooting. A slightly better effort from the Sixers defense.

Don’t Let the Knicks Shoot Threes – The Knicks hit 13 more three-pointers on thirty-two attempts; the Sixers guards needed to play tighter outside defense.

Notes

Arnett Moultrie scored his first career points on a vicious outback slam dunk. Good way to debut the rookie. Jason Richarson was a DNP for the Sixers. Also, the Sixers scored a season high eighty-eight points, but also allowed a season high one hundred and ten points.

The Knicks (3-0) sweep the home and home with the Sixers (1-2).

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Categories: 76ers, Beat Writing

Author:Austin Krell

Sixers beat writer and NBA analyst

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