The crowd at MSG chanted “defense” and the Knicks responded often! New York held the 76ers to 79 points, their lowest total points given up on the season. The Knicks held the 76ers to just under 40 percent from the field and won the rebounding battle by nine.
Carmelo Anthony led the way for the Knicks with 27 points, nine rebounds, five assists, and three steals. Tyson Chandler had 13 rebounds, but he was even more effective altering shots. His presence in the paint neutralized Elton Brand and any post game for Philadelphia. Amare Stoudemire was efficient on offense scoring 20 points on 8-14 shooting while grabbing 10 rebounds.
Tonight’s x-factor was Josh Harrellson. The rookie forward from Kentucky scored 13 points off the bench and spread the floor hitting three three-pointers. Coach Mike D’Antoni also went with a shorter rotation of eight players, the least amount of players he’s used in a game all season.
There was also a scary moment that took the air out of MSG. Tyson Chandler was hit hard by 76ers big man Tony Battie and remained on the floor for two minutes while being assessed by Knicks trainers. Luckily for New York, Chandler got up, went to the bench to make sure he was ok, and then returned to the game and played most of the second half.
The win improves the Knicks to 6-4 overall and 3-2 at home. The loss drops the 76ers to 7-4 and 3-3 on the road. New York hits the road next to face the Memphis Grizzlies on Thursday, January 12th.
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