New-look Sixers topple Knicks
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Andre Iguodala netted 20 points as
Atlantic Division rivals squared off with the new-look Philadelphia 76ers
pounding the streaking New York Knicks, 98-77, at the Wachovia Center.
Chris Webber posted 18 points and nine rebounds for the Sixers, who won their
second straight and finally had newly-acquired Andre Miller and Joe Smith in
uniform. The pair were obtained from Denver on Tuesday along with a pair of
first-round picks for All-Star Allen Iverson and Ivan McFarlin.
Miller finished with nine points and 11 assists, while Smith had four points
and seven rebounds. Kyle Korver scored 16 points and Samuel Dalembert added 11
points and eight boards.
“The way we ran our offense and certainly having Andre Miller run the offense
the way he is capable of running an offense,” Philadelphia coach Maurice
Cheeks said. “Certainly he does not know everything about running our offense
but just putting the basketball in his hands you see the advantage of having a
guy who knows how to run the game.”
Jamal Crawford scored 21 points for the Knicks, who had a three-game winning
streak snapped. Renaldo Balkman scored 10 points and David Lee added 10 points
and 13 boards.
“We just didn’t have enough gas in the tank tonight,” New York coach Isiah
Thomas said. “I was real concerned about us being flat and we were flat. I
helped the guys give as much as they could but we were a step slow. We just
didn’t have the same balance.”
Philly closed the first quarter on a 22-6 run ignited by a Kevin Ollie jumper
with 7:47 remaining, and led 26-17 heading into the second.
The Sixers went on a 17-6 run midway through the second capped by a Willie
Green layup with 3:41 left, and led 52-37 at halftime.
Philly outscored New York by four in the third to lead 75-56 heading into the
The Sixers will now embark on a season-long seven-game road trip. They are
scheduled to visit the Golden State Warriors, Sacramento Kings, Portland Trail
Blazers, Los Angeles Lakers, Denver Nuggets, Utah Jazz and Minnesota
This was the first of four meetings between the clubs this season…New York
has lost nine of its last 12 at Philadelphia. The 76ers have won four in a row
in this series.