The Sixers on Wednesday nigth got off to a very bad start in a very important game against the division rival New York Knicks. The Knicks certainly made the Sixers pay for the slow start too. They jump out to a quick early lead in the game at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. The Sixers did fight hard to get back in the game but they could not overcome the deficit they had given the Knicks early in the game. The Sixers went 0-for-14 to begin the game and the Knicks built their lead on the Sixers very poor start. The Knicks did what they had to do to hold on to the lead at the end and they defeated the Sixers, 82-79 in front of a sell out crowd, Spike Lee, and Will Smith. This was your typical ugly Eastern Conference type of game.
This New York Knick team was no doubt a different team than the Sixers had seen ten days prior at Madison Square Garden in New York City where the Sixers took apart the Knicks. They beat the Knicks that day 96-84. Well since the Knicks first head coach Mike D'Antoni and went with assistant Mike Woodson. After Wednesday nights game in Philadelphia, the Knicks are 5-0 under their new head coach.
The New York Knicks sensation Jeremy Lin was quite for most of the night but he came alive in the fourth quarter. The so called phenom scored 16 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter including hitting all ten of his free throws as the Knicks got the win and also moved to within three games of the Sixers for the Atlantic Divsion lead. Their record is now 23-24 on the season.
Jrue Holiday had 16 points for the Sixers and Andre Iguodala, Jodie Meeks, and Lou Williams all had 13 points. Elton Brand had 12 points and 12 rebounds as the Sixers record fell to 26-21.
The Sixers on Friday play another very important Atlantic Division game against the Boston Celtics in Philadelphia. The Celtics are just one game behind the Sixers for the lead in the division. This should be a very intense and playoff atmospher as well as the Sixers again play another divisional rival. The offense needs to wake up and the Sixers need to get off to a better start