|Thaddeus Young, PF Shot Chart 40 MIN | 7-16 FG | 1-2 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 4 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 15 PTS | +2Young was an aggressive on-ball defender, applying constant pressure and forcing several turnovers that flushed the Sixers out in transition. His four steals are merely a numerical representation of the physicality he displayed defensively, which in turn allowed him to get some easy buckets in transition.|
|Evan Turner, SF Shot Chart 39 MIN | 4-11 FG | 3-4 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 6 TO | 12 PTS | 0It wasn’t a particularly efficient offensive night for Turner, but he had his hands full guarding Carmelo Anthony. He was routinely iso-d around the perimeter with little help defensively, enabling Anthony to display all his crafty pump-fakes and one-on-one maneuvers.|
|Spencer Hawes, C Shot Chart 41 MIN | 6-14 FG | 4-4 FT | 7 REB | 5 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 4 TO | 17 PTS | -15Hawes was just about salivating every time he felt Andrea Bargnani on his back, demanding the ball so he could take advantage of New York’s defensive black hole at center. It was a different story n the other end of the floor; Amar’e Stoudemire punished Hawes in the first half both in the post and on the boards.|
|Michael Carter-Williams, PG Shot Chart 36 MIN | 3-6 FG | 5-6 FT | 7 REB | 7 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 11 PTS | -2While at times a little sloppy, MCW got others involved and pushed the pace. He opened the game with a breath-taking dunk, but never really asserted himself after that.|
|James Anderson, SG Shot Chart 34 MIN | 8-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 17 PTS | -5About six of his points came in semi-garbage time, but Anderson was a consistent and steadying offensive presence throughout the night and was constantly out in transition along the wing.|
By the numbers: 22-4. The Knicks put together a 22-4 run in the second quarter to gain a double-digit lead and never looked back. They maintained a 8-16 point lead the rest of the game.
Quote of the night: “He’s got his Book of Eli-look going on” – Malik Rose, on Stoudemire’s offensive resurgance and, of course, his patented basketball goggles that make him look like Denzel in Oakley’s protecting the Bible.
Parting shots: We sometimes forget that Amar’e Stoudemire was once one of the most potent offensive players in the league. His minutes are restricted and it seems like he’s lost a step. But then there are nights like these– nights when he has three or four earth-shattering dunks on Spencer Hawes and you get flashbacks.
Well, it was one of those nights. Putbacks, face-ups, post moves– the whole nine yards.