Here are some notes for those fans watching the New York Knicks (32-20) who are set to take on the Philadelphia 76ers (22-30) in NBA action at Madison Square Garden. This will be the final of four games between these two teams this season.
New York is looking to take the season series for the second consecutive season versus Philadelphia. Thus far the Knicks have not lost a season series to the 76ers since the 2008-09 season.
In three battles with the 76ers the Knicks were paced by Carmelo Anthony who had 24.3 points and 7.0 rebounds. Amar’e Stoudemire tallied 20 points and four boards in one game, while JR Smith added 12.3 points and 7.0 rebounds in three contests.
New York came up short in the second and third quarters in the 100-98 loss to the Toronto Raptors on Friday. The Knicks were hand their fourth straight loss, which is the longest losing streak in the Mike Woodson era.
Carmelo Anthony led all scorers with 32 points, six rebounds and four assists in over 42 minutes. JR Smith came off the bench for 19 points on 7-for-12 shooting, four rebounds and assists, while Amar’e Stoudemire added 14 points.
For Anthony his 30 plus points was the 19th time the forward was able to reach the mark for the season, which is good for fourth in the NBA.
Smith continues to be a key spark from the Knicks bench, as he has been able to post double-figures in points in 31 of his last 36 games. Smith’s 16.0 points-per-game is third in the NBA among players coming off the bench (minimum 10 games).
This Date in Knicks History:
1993: New York overcame a 13 point deficit with 6:39 left to play, to outscore Milwaukee 23-9 to earn a 91-90 victory at the Bradley Center. John Starks led the way with 25 points.
The Knicks and 76ers game is set to air on the MSG Network, with tip-off scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
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