|Photo by Jim McIsaac|
The Knicks came out hot in the first quarter, as Carmelo Anthony and Iman Shumpert took turns snapping the net from mid-range and long-range alike. On the other end, the Knicks were hardly allowing the Sixers any sort of clean, easy looks.
The second half was a different show, however. The Sixers came out with more energy, and for the better part of 24 minutes, the Knicks stood around and let Melo iso his way into stunningly smooth shots, or terribly frustrating turnovers. In the end, the Sixers could not get "the hoop to get them over the hump" (thanks, Clyde), and the free throw contest in the 4th quarter went the Knicks; way.
Here's where the notes begin:
- Did Carmelo Anthony have a good game or bad game? That's a legitimate question. 27 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assist and 3 steals certainly seems like it, but factor in his 9-24 shooting (37.5%) and 5 turnovers, and it might not be as splendid. Melo got into a back-and-forth with Andre Iguodala in the second half - mainly the 3rd quarter - and it either ended in Melo hitting some really difficult fadeaway jumpers and taunting the Sixers, or having the ball stolen, or being forced into offensive fouls or travels. It was a mixed bag, but in the end, Anthony was pretty much the only guy to keep the Knicks afloat when Philly came hurrying back.
- Amar'e Stoudemire had a quietly efficient game with 20 points on 8-14 shooting, with 10 rebounds. It was actually one of his better outings on the season, as he didn't settle for jumpshots and instead attacked the basket and made a few nifty floaters and baby hooks in the lane. He didn't fall asleep or drift on defense too much either, though there were a few slip-ups.
- At one point, a Sixers player drove baseline and skyed up for the jam, while Amar'e idly stood and watched. At first, I was angry at STAT for just standing, but then I realized the Sixers player was Andre Iguodala, which surely would have ended in a posterization of Amar'e had he jumped to contest.
- Jorts Harrellson had himself a game! His defense was impeccable (though his stats don't show it) and had 13 points off the bench on 5-10 shooting, 3-5 from beyond the arc. That's all, really. Good job, Josh!
- The 4th quarter saw the Knicks get completely stagnant and either turn the ball over, or dump it to Carmelo Anthony and watch him try and score. The Knicks didn't have a field goal in the last 9 minutes of play. It was entirely free throws or turnovers.
- The Knicks have held their last three opponents under 88 points, and their last five opponents to 41% FG. Thanks to Ian Begley for the stats.
That's about it, folks! The Knicks moved to 6-4 with this win. The next tow games are real tests on the road against the Grizzlies and Thunder; we'll see if they can pull out some more W's. Also, as a side note, my laptop isn't working and I'm writing this from my terribly old and slow desktop computer at home. To avoid more frustration, unless my laptop is fixed, I may not type full length previews. This recap has taken me over an hour to write because of the computer's sluggishness.
So good luck tonight! Go Knicks!