By Charlie Widdoes


How it Happened:

It wasn’t pretty, but two streaks stayed intact tonight in Philadelphia. The Knicks came in seeking their eighth straight win and the Sixers were looking to avoid their 23rd straight loss, but for the three quarters, neither team was able to locate the basket.

New York began to pull away in the 4th quarter, taking a 17-point lead with five minutes to play, but Philadelphia fought back and even had the ball down two with 14 seconds left.

Coach Mike Woodson had to bring his starters back off the bench to seal the victory, which the Knicks were able to do as Michael Carter-Williams’ desperation three rimmed out in the closing seconds.

The Knicks shot 32.6 percent from the floor in the first half, but held the Sixers to 28.6 percent behind a defensive effort led by Tyson Chandler (17 points, 10 rebounds) and Ama’re Stoudemire (22 and 10). Ultimately it was the defense that brought New York back from the slow start and led to a handful of fastbreak opportunities in the second half.

Knick of the Night:

Stoudemire was once again the difference maker as he made up for Carmelo Anthony’s off shooting night (21 points on 5-for-16 from the floor).

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