Iguodala and Sixers knock off Knicks
New York, NY (Sports Network) – Andre Iguodala scored 18 points and Kyle
Korver tallied 17 to lead the Philadelphia 76ers over the New York Knicks,
92-90, at Madison Square Garden.
Andre Miller added 14 points and seven assists and Willie Green had 13 points
for the Sixers, who have won two of three.
Stephon Marbury provided just about all the offense for the Knicks, scoring 30
points, grabbing seven rebounds and dishing out six assists, but it wasn’t
enough to stop his team’s losing streak that has now reached three games.
Renaldo Balkman added 17 points and 16 boards and Eddy Curry had 14 points and
11 rebounds for New York, which remains 2 1/2 games behind the Orlando Magic
for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference despite suffering its
seventh loss in eight games.
Down 78-69 a little over four minutes into the final quarter, the Sixers went
on a 21-5 run to take the lead for good. Korver, who had seven points
during the surge, gave the Sixers the lead at 82-81, and Rodney Carney ended
it with a jumper with 57 seconds left for a 90-83 lead.
New York made it interesting, drawing within 92-90 after a Marbury driving
layup with three seconds left. Then, after Korver missed a pair of free throws
with two seconds left, New York got the rebound and called a timeout with 1.1
On the ensuing inbounds, Marbury attempted a turn-around three-pointer, but it
fell short and the Sixers escaped with the win.
“We didn’t have to be in that position,” said Miller. “But we were able to get
to the line and rebound well down the stretch.”
Philadelphia won three of four from the Knicks this season.
“It doesn’t matter what the record of the team is, a loss is a loss,” said
Marbury. “We need to win those games. We just came up short.”
The Sixers led for most of the contest, holding a 26-20 edge after one quarter
and a 46-39 advantage at halftime.
Philadelphia then extended to a 53-43 lead after an Iguodala bucket in the
opening minutes of the third quarter. However, New York quickly answered with
a 15-4 run to take the lead. Still down by 10 points, 55-45, Marbury
spearheaded the run by scoring 13 points and ending it with a free throw with
just under 3 1/2 minutes remaining for a 60-59 edge.
New York continued to hold a one-point lead going into the fourth, 67-66, and
then opened the stanza with a 12-3 run to extend to a 78-69 lead. Mardy
Collins ended the surge with a three-pointer with just under eight minutes to
Knicks head coach Isiah Thomas was fined $50,000 by the league on Tuesday for
criticizing the officials following New York’s last game against the
Hornets…Philly hit just 2-of-14 three-pointers…NY hit 5-of-20 from three.