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Jan 12 2014

Knicks stay hot, beat Sixers

New York Knicks 102 Final
Recap | Box Score
92 Philadelphia 76ers
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.

  • robbybonfire23

    The shame of this loss is that MCW, Wroten, and Anderson all made a solid, above average contribution, while Young and E.T. brought just about their “Z” game to the mix. Game score levels for this game were: Wroten: 40; MCW: 39; J. Anderson: 35; Hawes: 19; plus the dregs bringing up the rear: T. Young: 9; and “Mr. Consistency,” himself, E.T.: 7.

    I STILL do not understand how E.T. remains a starter in this league, even as the team seems to weave in and out of a “tanking” approach to the season; even if they are “showcasing” him for that rumored trade with Houston or anyone else dumb enough to take him off our hands?

    Really nice game for Wroten. A GSL of 40 is just about double the average for starters in this league.

    Not giving Orton more playing time was remiss. He is much better than Davies, who will be getting his pink slip when his contract option is up for “renewal.”