Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Knicks Winning with 'D'

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Knicks Winning with 'D'

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NEW YORK - The Knicks had the fresher legs and the two best scorers on the floor and they were just enough to beat the NBA's stingiest team and probably one of the most tired.

But the Philadelphia 76ers, playing their third game in three nights, showed resilience and the Knicks continue to show that their defense is ahead of their offense.

Yes, you read that right. For the second straight game the Knicks won with their defense, holding on to beat Philadelphia, 85-79, Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden for their fourth straight victory.

The Knicks led by 16 in the first half and 78-61 with 9:02 left in the fourth quarter. Instead of putting Philadelphia away, the Knicks got sloppy.

They didn't make another basket and committed nine turnovers the rest of the way. But the Knicks still pulled out the important win and snapped the Atlantic Division leaders' six-game winning streak.

"Nothing is easy," Carmelo Anthony said. "We're winning games. They're ugly wins. We'll take it."

The Knicks (6-4) were clinging to an 83-79 lead after Anthony missed a layup and three-pointer on one trip in the final minute.

But Thaddeus Young short-armed a jump shot with 21 seconds left. Amar'e Stoudemire got the rebound and Anthony made two foul shots with 16.1 seconds remaining for the final points of the game.

Anthony scored a game-high 27 points, including 18 in the second half, but was 9-for-24 from the field. Stoudemire added 20 points and 10 rebounds.

The Sixers (7-3) had five players in double figures, led by 16 apiece from Andre Iguodala and Evan Turner.

"Philly's one of the hottest teams in the NBA right now," Anthony said. "For us to hold them to 79 points, that's a big deal for us."

The Knicks can extend their winning streak to five tonight in Memphis, where the Grizzlies are without Zach Randolph, who has a knee injury. Memphis has struggled to score lately, but so have the Knicks. …

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