Knicks’ slide continues in loss to Sixers

The Knicks had another dud against the 76ers.

The Knicks continued their downward spiral with a disheartening 106-94 loss to the division-leading Sixers.   

Fresh off their recent four-game road skid, the Knicks (18-23) dropped their seventh game in nine contests as they failed to match the intensity of a Sixers (25-17) team that has now won three straight. The win also extended Philadelphia’s Atlantic Division lead to six and a half games over the suddenly-plunging No. 8-seed Knicks.   

While the Knicks have been notorious slow starters on matinee games, it was the middle portion of the game that doomed them, as they allowed 6-0, 7-0 and 11-0 runs by Philadelphia in the second and third quarters. The third quarter sunk New York as the Sixers tallied 38 points and stretched the lead to as many as 21 points. Reserve guard Lou Williams led the Sixers with 14 of his game-high 28 points in the quarter.   

New York got little to no help from their superstars, as Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire could only muster 22 and nine points, respectively. Anthony shot only 5-of-13, while Stoudemire only shot 4-of-9. The Knicks’ other alleged star, Jeremy Lin, wasn’t much help either as he had only 14 points on a paltry 5-of-18 shooting. Lin added seven assists, but that was cancelled out by his game-high six turnovers.     

Tyson Chandler (hamstring/wrist) came back to the lineup after missing two games, but couldn’t help right the ship. Chandler had eight points and a team-high 12 rebounds, but wasn’t a factor as he was constantly in foul trouble.  

Up next for the Knicks is a Monday night date in Chicago against the Eastern Conference-leading Bulls.

What went wrong …

1. Must play must win

The Knicks didn’t treat this game as a must-win situation, as they were erratic for most of the afternoon. The Sixers ran the lead up to as many as 21 points, as the Knicks had a litany of miscues and poor shot choices. The Knicks allowed a plethora of easy transition buckets in the third quarter. 

2. Lin-sanity over

The magical dust that was Linsanity has now turned into an insane amount of turnovers, as the first-year starter continued his trend of giving away possessions. Lin, who was averaging almost six turnovers a game, stayed consistent with his learning experience as he aided the Sixers’ cause with a game-high six giveaways.    

3. Benched

Lin wasn’t the only well-known Knicks player to have an off day, as superstars Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire didn’t help matters much, either. Neither shot the ball well and both were sieves defensively as they were a minus-16 and minus-12 respectively in the all-important points-scored and points-allowed ratio. It should also be noted that when the Knicks finally cut the 21-point deficit to single digits late in the fourth quarter that both Anthony and Stoudemire were seen on the bench.

Follow Knicks beat writer Tony Williams on Twitter @TBone8.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Drive charged in fatal hit and run, police…

The NYPD has arrested a man they say is responsible for a fatal hit and run in Manhattan last weekend. Doohee Cho, 33, was hit…

Local

Mayor de Blasio raises minimum wage for some…

Mayor Bill de Blasio signed an executive order Tuesday morning that will raise the minimum wage for workers employed by private companies that receive more…

National

3 myths about the working poor

Linda Tirado works to debunk some common stereotypes about the working poor in her new book, "Hand to Mouth."

Money

Lawsuit funding advances: friend or foe?

Reporter was commissioned to write this in-depth article Many plaintiffs awaiting resolution of their lawsuit or legal claim often find themselves in a tricky financial…

Going Out

Which NYC restaurant lost its three-star Michelin rating?

A record 73 restaurants in New York City collected coveted Michelin stars on Tuesday as a mix of trendy spots and fine-dining stalwarts underscored the…

Entertainment

Interview: Metro chats with filmmaker Meir Kalmanson, man…

A New York filmmaker hands out smiles to its residents.

Television

TV watch list, Tuesday, Sept. 30: 'Selfie,' 'Utopia'…

'Selfie' This modern day take on the "My Fair Lady" story stars John Cho in the Henry Higgins role. Perhaps instead of "the rain in…

Music

Can't-miss weekend events continue to attract the masses

Reporter was commissioned to write this in-depth article Earlier this summer, the Firefly Music Festival drew crowds of tens of thousands of people to Dover, Delaware.…

MLB

Mets 2014 report card

The Mets wrapped up their eight straight season without a playoff appearance last weekend. Needless to say, they fell a bit short of general manager…

NFL

NFL Power Rankings: Cowboys, Packers, Ravens, Chargers climb

NFL Power Rankings: Cowboys, Packers, Ravens, Chargers climb

NFL

Ryan Quigley making a big impact for Jets…

Ryan Quigley, now in his second year as the Jets punter, had an exceptional afternoon with six punts for an average of 51.7 yards per punt.

NFL

3 positives to take from Jets loss to…

The Jets suffered another loss Sunday — 24-17 to the Lions — but the reason why it hurts so much for Jets fans is that…

Style

Products that support breast cancer awareness and research

Asics GT-1000, $100 Asics’ third pink collection in collaboration with Christina Applegate’s Right Action for Women includes this pink-accented version of its best-selling GT-1000 3…

Wellbeing

Dr. Marisa Weiss: Where we stand on breast…

As an oncologist and a survivor herself, Dr. Marisa Weiss knows the urgency felt by those diagnosed with breast cancer. Genetic testing has accelerated the…

Wellbeing

Bees' stingers hold new hope for cancer cure

A promising new lead in the search for a cancer cure has turned up in a place that most people naturally avoid. A team from…

Home

Emily Henderson on small space design

Design expert Emily Henderson shows us how to upgrade our cramped quarters.