The Knicks dropped their third consecutive game of the preseason, a 98-90 decision to the Philadelphia 76ers. The game was played at the Syracuse University Carrier Dome, making it a homecoming for Carmelo Anthony. Anthony didn’t disappoint his fans at his former stomping ground, scoring 23 points and filling up the stat sheet (six rebounds, five assists and four steals. Raymond Felton also had a strong game, scoring 23 points while shooting 5-for-7 from three-point land. However, it wasn’t enough for the Knicks, as they fell into an early hole they couldn’t recover from.
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The Knicks actually got off to a fast start, thanks in part to Anthony. He knocked down the first shot of the game then assisted on a Ray Felton three-pointer and after getting a steal on Royal Ivey, found Tyson Chandler for an alley-oop dunk. The Knicks scored the first seven points of the game. However, the Sixers responded quickly with a 14-0 run and finished the quarter leading 26-23.
The Knicks defense was non-existent in the second quarter, as the Sixers shot 74% from the floor en route to 36 points. The Knicks lack of shot making didn’t help either. They shot just 33% in the quarter, getting outscored 36-21. With Anthony mostly on the bench in the quarter, Chris Copeland stepped up, scoring nine of his 15 points in the quarter.
A 6-0 run to start the second half by the Sixers extended their lead to 24 before the Knicks finally woke up. They gave up just eight more points in the third quarter, 14 total. Meanwhile, the combination of Anthony and Raymond Felton brought the Knicks back. The two combined for 21 points and helped the Knicks cut an 18 point halftime deficit to just four at the end of the third quarter.
A Copeland fadeaway jumper with 10:51 on the clock brought the Knicks within two, something they would do on two more occasions in the fourth quarter. However, after a Kurt Thomas jumper made it 81-79 Sixers, Philadelphia would pull away. They outscored the Knicks 17-11 the rest of the way. Jason Richardson scored nine of his 23 points in the final period, while the Knicks struggled to find any consistent offense, shooting just 38% in the fourth quarter.
In his preseason debut, Ronnie Brewer failed to score, missing both of his shot attempts. He did however, grab four rebounds and dished out three assists in his 15 minutes of play, though.
The Knicks’ struggles from beyond the arc continued, as they hoisted up 32 from three-point land but connected on just 11. After his 7-for-7 performance from trey in the preseason opener, Steve Novak has shot just 10-for-30 from beyond the arc. Anthony is now just 6-for-22 from beyond the arc.
Defensively, the Knicks have allowed 95+ points in each of their preseason games. In their past three losses, each team has shot over 45% from the floor, with the Boston Celtics and Sixers shooting a ridiculous 54%.
The Knicks next and final preseason game will be a preview of opening night, as they take on the Brooklyn Nets from the Nassau Coliseum.