Old habits die hard. The Knicks (29-40) survived a late comeback to extend their winning streak to eight games.
With 23 straight loses, the Sixers join the Vancouver Grizzlies (1995-96), Denver Nuggets (1997-98) and Charlotte Bobcats (2011-12) for the second-longest single-season losing streak in NBA history.
Amare Stoudemire continued his stellar play with 22 points and 10 rebounds in 28 minutes. Tyson Chandler added 17 points and 10 boards, as the duo dominated the paint and shot 68% (17-25).
Michael Carter-Williams was the lone star for his squad tonight, flirting with a triple-double (22 pts/ 13 rbs/ 9ast).
A win is a win. We’ve put together a nice streak — Knicks’ Center Tyson Chandler /NBA.com
The Good – The Knicks shared the ball well tonight, with 29 assists on 34 field goals. Whether the unselfishness is result of Phil’s presence is tang one’s guess. Pablo Prigioni‘s had nine assists off the bench, and missed the only shot he took. It was that kind of night for New York.
The Bad – Henry Sims (former Knick) matched Chandler’s tenacity down low to the tune of 16 point and 13 boards (8 offensive). The Sixers bulled the Knicks on the glass, pulling down 19 offensive boards.
The Knicks struggled scoring early, shooting an abysmal 33%FG in the first half. Raymond Felton, JR Smith and Carmelo Anthony finished shooting a combined 9-34 FG (4-16 from 3).
The Ugly – A Tim Hardaway Jr. dunk put the Knicks up 91-74 with 5:15 left in the game. Coach Woodson opted to clear the bench and went with a lineup of Murry/Brown/Hardaway Jr./Aldrich/Tyler.
Four straight turnovers by the Knicks sparked a 16-1 run for the Sixers. A Thaddeus Young 3-pointer made it 92-90 with 42.5 seconds remaining. Melo split a pair of free throws, but MCW couldn’t send the game to OT.
The Difference – In the preview I suggested the Knicks let the Sixers shoot if from 3.The Sixers shot a franchise record 41 attempts from beyond the arc, and only hit 10 (24%). That played right into the Knicks hands (for the first 40 minutes of the game).
Playoff Picture: The Knicks still have ground to make up, as the Hawks lost Friday night. They have a legitimate shot of extending the streak Sunday vs. Cleveland, who may be without the services of All Star Kyrie Irving. That’ll be the last home game before a five-game West Coast road trip .
P.S. – Sixers guard Tony Wroten left the game in the fourth quarter after rolling his right ankle. Forwards Kenyon Martin (left ankle) and Andrea Bargnani (torn ligament, left elbow) did not play for New York.