76ers Knicks Beat 76ers
March 22, 2012 by staff
76ers Knicks Beat 76ers, As Amare Stoudemire walked into the New York locker room with a towel over his shoulders, the coaching staff followed. When the door closed, one jubilant voice inside screamed: “How ‘Bout Those Knicks!” The New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony, left, and the Philadelphia 76ers’ Jrue Holiday struggle for position during the second half in Philadelphia.
How about ‘em, indeed. Fueled by a dose of Linsanity and a timely coaching change, the Knicks are making a furious charge toward a division title. Knocking off a 76ers team in full swoon was the latest step.
Stoudemire had 21 points and nine rebounds to lead the Knicks to their fifth straight victory, 82-79 over fading Philadelphia on Wednesday night.
Jeremy Lin scored 16 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter, and Carmelo Anthony had 10 to help the Knicks pull within three games of the Atlantic Division leaders and clinch the head-to-head tiebreaker.
“It’s been our goal,” Anthony said. “That’s never changed.”
The game ended with thousands of New York fans chanting, “Let’s go Knicks!” They had reason to celebrate after Stoudemire hit a pair of big buckets down the stretch to clinch the win. The Knicks scored fewer than 83 points in a win for the first time since Nov. 14, 2005, vs. Utah (73-62).
Linsanity has turned into Winsanity as the Knicks are unbeaten since Mike D’Antoni stepped down exactly a week earlier.
“I was sweating a little bit tonight,” interim coach Mike Woodson said. “But I learned that my team is not going to buckle, and I honestly believe that they believe they can win any game that they play now.”
Elton Brand had 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Sixers. Jrue Holiday scored 16. This could be a crushing week for the Sixers with Boston set to visit on Friday. The Celtics are only a game back for the division lead and an automatic top-four seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
“You’ve got to look at the division right now. Have to,” Brand said. “We have to step up, win some games, and find a way to get some separation from New York and Boston.”
Each team was backed by a Hollywood heavyweight supporter: Co-owner Will Smith rooted on the Sixers and Spike Lee sat adjacent to the Knicks bench. Smith and Lee exchanged some laughs, and Smith pointed to his black 76ers cap when he was shown on the big screen in front of 20,470 fans.
The Sixers shook off a miserable start and a double-digit hole to make a run at the Knicks in the fourth. Lou Williams, perhaps the NBA’s best sixth man, nailed a 3-pointer that tied the game at 63-all.
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