There haven’t been many bright spots early in the Knicks season. However, one positive that they can take from early on is that they were good enough to beat Philadelphia. Carmelo Anthony did what the Knicks pay him to do, and that is to score. Carmelo finished the game with 25 points, and Amar'e Stoudemire added a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds, as the Knicks defeated the 76ers 91-83.
The Knicks win also featured the return of veteran point guard Jose Calderon. Calderon returned after almost missing a month of the season with a calf injury. He started off the game a little rusty by missing the first shot he took and then by making a bad pass to his teammate Carmelo Anthony. Calderon improved as the contest went on and finished with three points and three assists.
The 76ers are the first team to start 0-13 since the Nets lost 18 straight back in the 2009-2010 season. The Sixers seem like they may possibly drop more than 18 straight to have the worst start in NBA history. Philadelphia did play better than some expected, as they were projected to get blown out but didn't.
Nerlens Noel had one of the best games of his young career, as he finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Michael Carter-Williams did not have a good shooting night and only scored nine.
Philadelphia trailed 25-13 after the first quarter. The first quarter was all Knicks, as they shot 58.8 percent while the Sixers shot just 28.6 percent. The Sixers were able to propel some type of comeback against New York, as they improved their shooting percentage to 44.4 percent in the second quarter to make it 46-39 at the half.
The Knicks built a commanding lead in the third quarter, holding the Sixers to just seven points in the first ten minutes of the quarter. The Sixers went on an 8-0 run and cut the Knicks lead down to 15 with two minutes to go in the third. However, the damage had already been done. New York entered the fourth and final quarter of the game up 71-54.
The Sixers still didn't quit, as they managed to cut the New York lead down to single digits with about six minutes left. Carmelo Anthony then responded with a three to make the Knicks lead 12. The Sixers managed to hold the Knicks scoreless the last three minutes of the game, but they couldn't capitalize on offense. New York ended the game with a 91-83 victory.
The Knicks will head to Houston on Monday to play host to the Rockets. Meanwhile, the Sixers will head back home to play the Portland Trail Blazers.