NBA Game Summary - New York at Philadelphia
(Monday, March 15th)
Final Score: New York 94, Philadelphia 84
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Danilo Gallinari finished with 21 points to lead the New York Knicks to a 94-84 victory over the struggling Philadelphia 76ers.
Rookie Toney Douglas added 20 points and seven assists for the Knicks, who were coming off Saturday's victory at Dallas that snapped the Mavericks' 13- game winning streak. New York hadn't won consecutive games since a three-game streak from January 1-7.
"He's playing well, he's giving us a lot of energy," Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni said of Douglas.
Tracy McGrady hit 4-of-5 from three-point range on his way to 14 points, while David Lee added 16 rebounds and eight points. Wilson Chandler had 12 points and 11 boards in the victory.
Rookie Jrue Holiday had 18 points, eight rebounds and six assists to pace the Sixers, who have lost five in a row and 10 of their last 11. Andre Iguodala finished with 14 points and 17 rebounds, while Samuel Dalembert recorded 11 points and 18 boards for Philadelphia, which held a 54-38 rebounding advantage and collected 21 on the offensive end.
However, the Sixers had just 20 second-chance points as they shot 38.4 percent. Iguodala was a main factor in that percentage, as he missed all seven of his three-point tries and was 5-of-22 overall.
Each team led in the first quarter, which Chandler closed with a layup for a 26-25 Knicks edge. The Sixers, however, surged in the second quarter behind a 10-point effort from reserve Willie Green and nine points from Holiday.
Holiday scored seven in a row early in the frame to put Philadelphia ahead 35-30, and Green eventually ended the first half with a layup to put the Sixers up 55-44 at the break.
Philadelphia was still ahead by nine with five minutes left in the third quarter, but the Knicks ended the frame on a 17-4 run. Lee closed it with a layup as New York went into the fourth quarter with a 73-69 advantage.
The Knicks couldn't pull away, however, and Holiday's layup with 3:47 left had the Sixers within 85-82. But Douglas countered with a jumper, and after a series of misses, Gallinari sank two from the line with 2:03 to play for an 89-82 advantage. An Iguodala miss led to a Gallinari three, and the Knicks held on from there.
"There was just too much pressure on us, on our defense," Sixers coach Eddie Jordan said. "We just can't get the juice after the offensive possessions. You get open shots and just can't make it. That was the story of the game for me."
The Sixers shot 27.3 percent in the second half. They scored fewer points in the final two quarters (29) than they did in the second quarter alone (30)...New York improved to 2-2 on its five-game road trip, which ends Wednesday at Boston. The Knicks are 10-22 on the road this season...The Sixers fell to 10-22 at home...Philadelphia is 3-14 when scoring below 90 points this season...Green finished with 17 points...Al Harrington had 15 points for the Knicks, who made 11-of-25 from beyond the arc.
03/16 00:59:21 ET