NBA Game Summary - New York at Philadelphia|
(Wednesday, February 21st)
Final Score: Philadelphia 104, New York 84
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Kyle Korver came off the bench to bury 6-
of-7 shots from the three-point line and score a career-high 31 points as
Philadelphia dominated New York, 104-84, at the Wachovia Center.
Andre Miller added 19 points and five assists for the Sixers, who snapped a
three-game skid. Joe Smith chipped in with 14 points and eight rebounds,
while Andre Iguodala finished with 10 points and nine assists.
"It's about getting a rhythm," Korver said of his big night. "If you have
fresh legs, that's always a bonus. Unfortunately, in an NBA season with 82
games, you don't always feel that way. You have to try to find ways to get in
Eddy Curry was 10-of-12 from the floor and tallied 22 points for the Knicks,
who were coming off a 100-94 win over Orlando on Tuesday. Jamal Crawford
netted 14 points and rookie Renaldo Balkman had 13 points and seven boards.
"It's very disappointing," Curry said of the loss. "We gave up a lot of
second-chance shots and they capitalized on them, it seemed like all of them."
The Sixers entered the final quarter with a seven-point lead and slowly
started to put things away. Korver drained a three to make it 86-74 with 6:28
Philadelphia then put things away with a quick 6-0 run late. Smith converted a
conventional three-point play before Korver drained his sixth three of the
contest to make it 97-78 with under three minutes to go.
The Sixers coasted to the finish line from there.
The Knicks took a slim 22-18 advantage after the opening 12 minutes but the
Sixers' bench took over the contest in the second quarter.
The sharp-shooting Korver led the way with 14 points in the frame as
Philadelphia dominated, outscoring the Knicks by 19 in the stanza en route to
taking a comfortable 53-38 cushion at intermission.
"The guys who came off the bench were huge for us," Sixers head coach Maurice
Cheeks said. "When you have Kyle Korver shooting away and shooting as deep as
he was, it's tough. It opened up everything up for everybody."
The Sixers continued to pull away early in the third quarter. Miller connected
on consecutive jumpers to give Philadelphia its first 20-point advantage,
60-40, with a little over nine minutes to go in the frame.
The Knicks responded however, and got back into things with a 12-2 spurt. A
rare four-point play by Crawford capped the run and brought the Knicks within
10, 68-58, with 3:59 remaining in the third quarter.
New York continued to chip away from there and trailed by just seven, 74-67,
entering the final frame.
The Knicks' David Lee missed his first game of the year with the flu and
Quentin Richardson left in the third quarter with a shoulder injury...The
76ers finished a seven-game homestand at 3-4...Philadelphia is now 10-15 at
home this year...The Sixers bench outscored the Knicks bench 32-4 in the first
half and 58-23 for the game...The Knicks are 10-18 on the road this season.
02/21 22:58:22 ET