NBA Game Summary - Philadelphia at New York
(Wednesday, January 10th)
Final Score: New York 106, Philadelphia 99
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Stephon Marbury led a balanced scoring attack with 24 points, as the New York Knicks defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 106-99 at Madison Square Garden.
Quentin Richardson returned from an 11-game absence due to a back problems and scored 19 points off the bench for the Knicks, who have won a season-best three straight.
Eddy Curry had 20 points with 10 rebounds and Channing Frye tallied 17 points and grabbed eight boards for New York, which has won five in a row at home. Jamal Crawford rounded out the double-figure scores, registering 12, for the Knicks, who ended a four-game slide to the Sixers.
"That's how we've been playing and that's how we've been winning," said Marbury of the teamwork. "The more we put ourselves in that position the better we'll get."
Samuel Dalembert tallied 18 points and eight boards and Joe Smith had a season-high 16 points to lead Philadelphia, which has dropped four straight and made another major roster move.
The Sixers made the announcement during the game that forward Chris Webber officially had his contract bought out. The deal was first reported earlier in the day by the Philadelphia Daily News, which said that Webber would receive just under $5 million of what he was due over the remainder of his contract. He was scheduled to make $20 million this year and $22 million next season.
"Last year, I thought Allen (Iverson) and Chris (Webber) did well together," said Philadelphia head coach Maurice Cheeks. "But I think we have a lot of young guys who have a future."
The Knicks never trailed in the game, starting to build its lead in the first quarter. Ahead 14-11, New York scored 18 of the final 28 points of the quarter to take a double-digit lead into the second. Marbury's three-point play with just over a minute to play gave the Knicks their first lead of more than 10 points, sending New York into the second with a 32-21 lead.
Things quickly got out of hand after that. The Knicks turned a 44-32 advantage less than five minutes into the quarter in a 58-34 cushion with 2 1/2 minutes to play until the break. Crawford scored seven points during the 14-2 run, which allowed New York to cruise into halftime with a 61-42 lead.
Philadelphia drew within 70-60 after a Smith basket just over midway through the third, but that was just about it from the Sixers. New York extended to an 80-64 lead by the end of the quarter and Philadelphia never seriously threatened in the fourth.
The Sixers made it a single-digit game a number of times, but the Knicks always had an answer. The closest Philadelphia got was seven points and that came at the end of the contest when Louis Williams hit a three-pointer at the buzzer.
"The second half was not as productive as the first half," said Cheeks. "We were very flat and had no energy. In the second half we paid a lot more attention to detail. We made them put the ball on the floor more and we defended Eddy Curry. We put ourselves in such a hole we were climbing back all night."
Nate Robinson returned from his league-imposed 10-game suspension for his actions during the Knicks' infamous fight with the Nuggets on December 16 and went scoreless in 10 minutes of action...NY improved to 9-10 at home...Philadelphia fell to 5-18 on the road.
01/10 23:41:15 ET