NBA Game Summary - Philadelphia at New York
(Thursday, February 24th)
Final Score: New York 113, Philadelphia 101
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Tim Thomas scored a season-high 27 points, Kurt Thomas added 21 with 12 rebounds and New York defeated Philadelphia, 113-101, at historic Madison Square Garden.
The two combined to shoot a scorching 20-of-25 from the floor, while Stephon Marbury collected 17 points with 12 assists for the Knicks, who made several moves before the trading deadline in hopes of breathing life into a struggling squad.
New York, which won for just the sixth time in its last 26 games, acquired forward Maurice Taylor from the Houston Rockets in exchange for forward Vin Baker, guard Moochie Norris and a 2006 second-round pick.
The Knicks also sent center Nazr Mohammed and reserve guard Jamison Brewer packing on Thursday, shipping both players to the San Antonio Spurs in exchange for a first-round pick and forward Malik Rose. Taylor and Rose will report to the club on Friday.
"Malik is a very physical player," said Marbury of his new teammate. "He does all the dirty work."
Despite shooting 9-of-23 from the floor, Allen Iverson paced the 76ers with 29 points, but also turned the ball over six times in the loss.
Marc Jackson added 18 points, while Samuel Dalembert collected 14 points with 15 rebounds for Philadelphia, which pulled off a blockbuster deal that could result in the Sixers taking control of a weak Atlantic Division and making a run at the Eastern Conference title.
Just 20 hours before Thursday's trade deadline, Philadelphia acquired a comparable wingman for Iverson in perennial All-Star forward Chris Webber along with reserve forwards Matt Barnes and Michael Bradley from Sacramento in exchange for forwards Kenny Thomas, Corliss Williamson and Brian Skinner.
"It was a great feeling," said Iverson on hearing of the trade for Webber. "I'm just looking forward to the rest of the season. Just his presence alone will make us a better basketball team. I was looking forward to something like this for the past nine years. The skies are the limit."
Webber did not make this year's All-Star squad, but was leading the Kings in scoring and rebounding with averages of 21.3 points and 9.7 boards in 46 games. Webber, Barnes and Bradley did not travel with the team.
"I was thrilled to get a player of his (Webber) caliber," said Philadelphia head coach Jim O'Brien. "He maybe the best passing big man in the NBA.
Philadelphia general manager Billy King remained busy on Thursday afternoon, as he dealt Glenn "Big Dog" Robinson to New Orleans for forwards Rodney Rogers and Jamal Mashburn. Robinson, who is making $13 million in the final year of his contract, had yet to play this season for the Sixers due to personal and ankle problems.
"I told Billy (King) his job should be secured for years to come," added Iverson. "I think he did a great job."
Rogers, who made his Sixers debut, ended with six points in 20 minutes of action.
Clinging to 81-79 lead after three quarters of play, New York started to take control of the contest in the fourth.
Marbury's jumper ended a quick 8-0 surge, giving the Knicks a 87-79 lead with 9:57 remaining in the contest. Philadelphia, though, fought back and trimmed the deficit to five, but New York pulled away for good from that point on.
Following two free throws by Iverson that brought the Sixers to within 91-86, New York reeled off six straight points to put the game away midway through the stanza. The Knicks' cushion would grow to 105-91 on Thomas' trey with 3:15 remaining in the contest as New York cruised from there.
The Sixers led 31-28 after one quarter of play and then headed into the locker room with a 58-55 advantage.
Philadelphia's lead would reach double-digits, 65-55, in the third, but the Knicks responded with 11-1 burst to take a slim one-point advantage. Jamal Crawford's layup ended the spurt as New York owned a 66-65 lead at the 6:49 mark of the third.
The Knicks would then take a two-point cushion into the fourth.
Prior to the game, Philadelphia waived guard Kedrick Brown, while placing forward Josh Davis on the injured list with a lower back strain and guard Willie Green on the injured list with left heel pain...The Sixers will finish up their two-game week against the Kings at the Wachovia Center on Saturday night...Philadelphia wore uniforms representing the 1954-55 Syracuse Nationals, while the Knicks donned uniforms representing the 1979-80 club...New York has won nine of its last 10 against the 76ers...Taylor and Rose will report to the Knicks on Friday...Mashburn is sidelined for the season due to a patella femoral irritation of his right knee...Crawford finished with 16 points and nine assists for the Knicks.
02/24 23:18:48 ET