|Thaddeus Young, PF Shot Chart 39 MIN | 8-21 FG | 2-3 FT | 7 REB | 4 AST | 4 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 19 PTS | +18Struggled to find his shot offensively, but he made big shots when it mattered. That includes a dagger from downtown to keep the Knicks at arm’s length late in the fourth. Despite Bargnani’s 20 points, I thought Thad did a solid job on him, which is evident in his four steals and Bargs’ five turnovers. Decent night for the vet.|
|Evan Turner, SF Shot Chart 40 MIN | 13-22 FG | 5-5 FT | 11 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 34 PTS | +5It’s fitting that Turner can shoot over 50 percent, score 34 points and only land a “B” from me. He didn’t do anything different, really. The only difference was that his hastily selected and heavily contested shots fell tonight.|
|Spencer Hawes, C Shot Chart 25 MIN | 1-3 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 7 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 4 PTS | +10Spencer saw limited minutes tonight to give some time to ‘Voy and Dedmon, which was probably the right decision, considering he grabbed one rebound in 25 minutes. He made some nice passes per usual, but I would’ve liked to see him step out and take advantage of Chandler’s inability to defend the mid-range game and the perimeter. Not his best night.|
|Michael Carter-Williams, PG Shot Chart 37 MIN | 5-18 FG | 7-10 FT | 12 REB | 7 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 19 PTS | +17Dubs was great tonight, and his resilience despite shooting 5-18 was quite encouraging. He was aggressive defensively with a couple takeaways, a monster on the boards grabbing six on the offensive glass and made good decisions with the ball in his hands. He also got to the line steadily throughout the night.|
|James Anderson, SG Shot Chart 37 MIN | 8-11 FG | 1-2 FT | 7 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 18 PTS | +9Anderson did his job, and then some: He stuck with the shot-happy J.R. Smith, made open shots and got his hands dirty with some nice plays in the paint. I’ll take 18 points on 11 shots any day of the week.|
By the Numbers
0:27 – the ratio of draft picks in this summer’s draft to amount of losses the Knicks have piled up this season. Enjoy, Knicks fans!
Quote of the Game
“I mean, I love winning, but losing is a much more intense feeling.” – Jennie Finch
Tweet of the Game
I don’t care if we’re tanking. Screw the Knicks.
— Spike Eskin (@SpikeEskin) January 23, 2014
This win was more indicative of the Knicks than of the Sixers. That Knicks team is bad.
The Bucks and Celtics won tonight too, so an opportunity blown to move up in the Tank Ranks, but not the end of the world.