New York Knicks 80 FinalRecap | Box Score 97 Philadelphia 76ers
Thaddeus Young, SF 36 MIN | 4-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 10 PTS | +30

Thad delivered his usual energy and hustle which is really all the needed him to do on a night when the Sixers had three players score 20+ points. Still, I bet he’ll be hearing from his teammates about that two handed flush he missed in the 4th Q.

Evan Turner, SF 37 MIN | 8-14 FG | 3-5 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 20 PTS | +20

Last night was one of the best efforts we have seen from Turner in a couple of weeks. However, I am still not a fan of putting the ball in his hands and letting him orchestrate the offense. On several occasions last night he pounded the ball into the floor too much and he routinely turns his back to the basket 20-25 feet from the tin. That’s a major no-no when you are playing PG.

Spencer Hawes, C 29 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-2 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 4 BLK | 2 TO | 4 PTS | +16

Hawes got the start and delivered — sort of. He scored all 4 of his points in the 1st Q and helped ignite the Sixers quick start, but that was it for Spence in teh scoring department.  The 4 blocks were a nice toss in.

Jrue Holiday, PG 38 MIN | 16-25 FG | 2-3 FT | 5 REB | 6 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 35 PTS | +30

Simply amazing to watch last night. Two notes from Jrue’s career best scoring night. First, he recognized a mismatch in this game (hobbled Felton on him) and exploited it by taking the ball to the rim repeatedly. Second he committed only 1 turnover and that hiccup came in the 4th Q when the game was well over.

Nick Young, SG 41 MIN | 5-12 FG | 7-8 FT | 4 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 20 PTS | +13

In J-Rich’s absence Swaggy got the start and put together a nice game.  But it didn’t start out that way as NY missed his first 3 FGAs before a 4-point play in the late 1st Q seemed to ignite his scoring touch. IMO Swaggy also did a decent job of putting the ball on the floor and going to the hoop.

Lavoy Allen, PF 14 MIN | 0-1 FG | 1-2 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 1 PTS | +6

It’s gotten to the point were I am not against trading Lavoy.

Shelvin Mack, PG 2 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -6

With the Sixers standing on 97 points, Mack missed a wide open 3-ball that would have given the Sixers 100 points and delivered fee Big Macs to the sellout crowd.

Royal Ivey, PG 18 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 3 PTS | -13

I liked a lot of what I saw from Ivey last night, but I would have liked his effort even more if he could hit a few more shots

Damien Wilkins, SG 21 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 4 PTS | -6

Wilkins has found a role on this team — play tough, physical defense and drive the ball to the tin — and his does a great job of delivering those elements every time he steps on the floor.  IMO his bucket in the early second was an important NYK momentum stopper.


The Do(u)g-house strikes again.


Somewhere there is a big that can actually help this team and not just take up space.

Doug Collins

I’ll assume it was by DC’s design that Jrue and others drove the ball to the hoop like they have not done all-season. I have a suspicion Jrue may have been freelancing. I guess we’ll never know.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw Last Night…

1.  The Sixers jumped all over the NYK in this one scoring 12 of the first 14 points in this game (8 of those points were by Jrue who had 10 in the Q).  That produced a 6 point lead for the Sixers after the 1st Q.  According to the stats for this year, that means GAME OVER for 76ers opponents…The 7-6 are now 11-0 when they lead after one quarter.

2.  The fast start can be attributed to the Sixers moving the ball and attacking the rim in the early going.  Six of the team’s first 7 hoops were of the lay-up or bunny variety and 5 of those hoops were the result of nice assists.  The Sixers did not attempt a 3-ball until the 6:30 mark of the Q.

3.  The Sixers lead by 12 at half and any thoughts the Knicks had of a comeback were quickly erased in the early 3rd Q. Holiday (19 points in 1st half) hit a jumper; Swaggy hit a 20-footer and the a 3-pointer; the Sixers then made 7 straight FTs (That’s not a misprint.) to cap a 14-4 run and give Philadunkia’s home team a 67-45 lead.  Of course it helped that the Knicks were simply awful during that stretch and missed 12 straight shots in a span of 7:22 in the 3rd Q.  The Knicks’ starters shot just 13 for 47 from the field on the night for just 40 points

4.  Hopefully the W makes DC feel better.  According to several reports and then the team, the coach lost a tooth during the game, left the bench in the third quarter and was diagnosed with a sinus infection and blocked nasal passage.

5.  This was only the Sixers third win in the last 11 games.  They are now 8-19 since the encouraging a 10-6 start.

6.  Great quote from Thad in the locker room, “It’s was all on Jrue.  Jrue put us in a great position to win a game.  He facilitated all night.  The ball was in his hands and he made the right plays.”

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