NBA Game Summary - Philadelphia at New York
(Saturday, October 31st)
Final Score: Philadelphia 141, New York 127 (OT)
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Andre Iguodala filled the stat sheet with 32 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists, as the 76ers scored the final 17 points of overtime to spoil the Knicks' home opener with a 141-127 decision.
Lou Williams notched 27 points, 10 rebounds and seven helpers for the Sixers, who have won two straight after a season-opening blowout loss at Orlando.
Thaddeus Young and Elton Brand contributed to a solid offensive effort for Philadelphia, chipping in 25 and 16 points, respectively. Marreese Speights came off the bench and ended with 20 points and 10 rebounds in the win.
Al Harrington sparked the Knicks off the bench, pouring in a career-high 42 points before fouling out in the extra session. Danilo Gallinari, in a starting role, hit 8-of-16 from behind the arc en route to a 30-point effort for New York, which is off to its first 0-3 start since the 2005-06 campaign.
Larry Hughes added 18 points in a losing cause.
For the second consecutive night, the Knicks rallied in the fourth quarter to force overtime. Harrington scored seven points during a 15-3 spurt, as his free throws cut the Knicks' deficit to 113-108 with 2:12 remaining.
The teams traded points until Harrington converted a three-point play with 47.9 ticks to play, making it a four-point game. After Iguodala missed an off- balance shot, Gallinari drilled a three with 11.4 seconds showing.
Jason Kapono was fouled immediately and only hit 1-of-2 from the stripe, and Chris Duhon's running layup tied it with 5.3 seconds on the clock. The Sixers didn't have a timeout, and Iguodala's coast-to-coast effort went for naught.
Harrington got five quick points in OT but his foul on Speights with 3:30 left put him on the bench. Speights made two from the line to cut Philly's deficit to 127-126, and the Sixers regained the lead on Iguodala's three-point play.
Williams and Young each hit field goals around a Gallinari missed three, and the same duo duplicated the feat after two unsuccessful Knicks possessions to essentially seal the game.
"Another night that we need to build on," Knicks head coach Mike D'Antoni said. "I know we're 0-3, I understand that. I understand two of them were overtime games. There was just some really good stuff. We're going to accentuate the positives, we're going to build on it. Obviously that means the first quarter."
Williams converted a four-point play to highlight an early 15-3 Sixers run, and the visitors led, 40-25, after shooting 16-of-22 in the opening frame.
Philadelphia continued to use a fast-break style to pad its lead, and Iguodala capped his 18-point first half with a pair of late three-pointers, extending the margin to 70-51 at intermission.
The margin remained in double digits throughout the third quarter, which ended with New York trailing 96-81 in front of its home crowd.
Harrington's 42 points off the bench set a Knicks record. Both Bob McAdoo (12/19/1978) and Nate Robinson (2/23/2009) recorded 41 points in a reserve role...New York began the 2005-06 season with five losses...The Knicks lost a double-OT game to Charlotte on Friday...The 76ers swept the four-game season series from New York in 2008-09 and have won six straight and 10 of 11 against the Knicks...The Sixers won the battle on the glass, 49-31, and shot 60.7 percent from the game, compared to 47.5 percent for the hosts.
11/01 02:56:13 ET