Knicks 117, 76ers 103: Stoudemire, Fields Lead Knicks To Revenge Win

The Knicks play their second straight against the 7th seed Sixers.

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Knicks 117, 76ers 103: Stoudemire, Fields Lead Knicks To Revenge Win

The Knicks avoided losing both ends of a home-and-home against the 76ers, beating their Atlantic Divison rival (and neighbor in the Eastern Conference standings) pretty handily at Madison Square Garden. While New York still struggled to stop Elton Brand (28 points after a 33-point outing on Friday), the addition of Timofey Mozgov into the starting lineup helped them defend and rebound much better than they did previously. After a fourth quarter collapse in Philadelphia, New York put much greater effort into getting over screens, contesting shots, and forcing turnovers.

On top of improved defense, New York's offense was firing on all cylinders. The team shot 60 percent from the field, including 11-of-27 from 3-point range. The downtown barrage was keyed by Landry Fields, who reached his career-high of 25 points by nailing five threes, including three in the fourth quarter. The Knicks' number one weapon, though, was Amar'e Stoudemire, who reached a season-high of 41 points with astounding efficiency. Stoudemire shot 17-of-21 from the field, finally out-performing Brand with a flurry of dribble drives, post moves, and mid-range jumpers.

New York's win helped cement their spot as the sixth seed in the East, at least for the time being. Philadelphia now sits three games behind them in the standings. The Clippers and Lakers are up next on the Knicks' schedule.

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Final - 2.6.2011 1 2 3 4 Total
Philadelphia 76ers 24 27 29 23 103
New York Knicks 31 24 31 31 117

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New York Knicks vs. Philadelphia 76ers: Knicks Look To Avenge Loss In Philly

After losing a heartbreak affair in Philadelphia on Friday, the Knicks will have a chance at instant payback this afternoon at Madison Square Garden. New York blew a nine-point lead and an attempted come back in Friday's wild fourth quarter, falling to the Sixers after failing to convert on a potential game-winning possession. With Doug Collins's club now just two games back of the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference, the Knicks would very much like to have that win back.

To do so, they'll need to stop Elton Brand. Brand, who always torches the Knicks, had a season-high 33 points on Friday, including 19 in the first quarter. None of the Knicks in the top of the rotation could stop him, but the massive Timofey Mozgov had some success off the bench. That being the case, Mike D'Antoni has decided to start the Russian rookie, bolstering New York's defense and rebounding around the basket.

Tip-off is at noon on MSG. See Posting and Toasting for more Knicks coverage.




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