Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Amar'e Stoudemire had 21 points in the
New York Knicks' 102-92 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday.
Carmelo Anthony added 18 points, nine rebounds and seven assists for the
Knicks, who have won four in a row.
New York guard J.R. Smith tallied 14 points and six assists in his return to
the lineup. Smith was fined $50,000 by the NBA Wednesday for recurring
instances of unsportsmanlike conduct. Against the Heat on Thursday, the big
story wasn't so much the 102-92 victory, as much as head coach Mike Woodson's
decision to bench a healthy Smith for the entire game.
"I just wanted to be aggressive, attack, get back to my old self, play with a
chip on my shoulder and it worked," Smith said. "It was very important for me
as well as the team to get out there and be successful with scoring the ball
and getting my teammates open shots."
Spencer Hawes and James Anderson each had 17 points for the Sixers, who have
dropped four straight since a four-game winning streak. Thaddeus Young and
Evan Turner donated 15 and 12 points, respectively.
It was all Knicks after the Sixers took a 28-20 lead into the second quarter.
Trailing 34-27, New York went on a 25-6 run to close out the first half.
Smith, who was on the bench for the entire first quarter, scored 11 points
during the surge. Iman Shumpert's 3-pointer with 1:10 remaining made it a
The Knicks scored 32 more points in the third stanza, which started and ended
with a pair of 4-0 spurts by the visitors. New York shot 65 percent from the
field and took an 84-68 margin into the fourth.
Philadelphia never got closer than eight in the final period.
"It was a snowball effort. We didn't put out the fire early enough," Hawes
The Knicks have won eight of the last 10 against Philadelphia ... New York
center Tyson Chandler missed his third straight game Saturday due to
an upper respiratory illness ... Tony Wroten and Michael Carter-Williams each
had 11 points for the 76ers.
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