The Knicks stayed undefeated after two home games against playoff teams. Today, they defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 100-84. In this game, the Knicks shot 11-27 from three-point range, although a few late misses lowered the team's percentage.
For the second consecutive game, the Knicks forced more turnovers than assists given up. Philly had 18 TOs and 14 assists. The Knicks' numbers in those stats were reversed. The Knicks had four players score in double figures led by Carmelo Anthony's 27. He shot 10-18, which was much more efficient than his performance in the season debut.
J.R. Smith was hot, scoring 20 points on 4 of 5 shooting from long range. He added 9 rebounds. The elders, Jason Kidd and Kurt Thomas contributed in their own ways. Kidd had a couple of slow-developing drives that ended in lay ups. It was a welcome change from the long range barrage that defined this game. Thomas added 5 points and 5 boards in 18 minutes. His toughness and grit around the basket clearly helped the club.
The Knicks are shooting too many threes, but as long as they go in, New York will continue to win. The ball movement from the team was especially impressive, but it would be better to work the ball to the open man down low, rather than so far away from the basket.