12/5/12 – In Monday night's matchup the Sixers took on the New York Knicks in the second game of the home and home series. Philly hoped that the friendly confines of the Wells Fargo Center would prove better for them as they were dominated up in New York on Sunday afternoon. For the Sixers to have a chance in this one they needed to do a better job of playing team defense, as they got dominated by Melo and the Knicks in their 1st matchup. They also needed to find a way to get the offense going as they've looked incredibly lackluster as of late.
However, Monday's matchup wouldn't prove much better. In the 1st quarter the Sixers jumped out to a quick lead by pushing the tempo and getting some easy buckets. Kwame Brown got the start at Center in an effort to give the Sixers an interior presence and slow down NYC C Tyson Chandler. However, in the half court the Sixers offense still stalled allowing the hot shooting Knicks to come back. NYC led 25-21 after 1. In the 2nd the Sixers continued to struggle as the Knicks blew it open. Philly couldn't buy a bucket, while New York's pick n roll offense was tearing the Sixers up. They extended their lead to the 8 by the half. Once the second half began the game was pretty much over. In the 3rd the Knicks extended their lead to around 20 and would keep that margin for the rest of the game. The NYC bench players were dominating the Sixers to keep their lead, as Philly's offense looked terrible. Final score: 110-88 NYC.
1. Jrue – 35:24 mins., 17 pts., 3 rebs., 8 asts., 2 stls., 4 TOs
2. D Wright – 34:08 mins., 14 pts., 8 rebs., 1 ast., 1 blk.
3. Thad – 29:22 mins., 14 pts., 10 rebs., 1 ast., 1 stl., 3 TOs
4. Swag Young – 28:46 mins., 12 pts., 1 reb., 1 ast., 2 TOs
5. Turner – 27:07 mins., 11 pts., 9 rebs., 6 asts., 1 TO
6. Royal Ivey – 18:37 mins., 5 pts., 6 rebs.
7. Lavoy – 15:37 mins., 4 pts., 3 rebs., 1 blk., 1 TO
8. Kwame – 10:50 mins., 4 pts., 3 rebs.
9. Damien Wilkins – 11:52 mins., 3 pts., 2 rebs.
10. Spencer Hawes – 21:27 mins., 2 pts., 7 rebs., 2 asts., 1 TO
11. Arnette Moultrie – 3:25 mins., 2 pts., 1 reb.
12. Maalik Wayns - 3:25 mins., 1 TO
Melo – 21 pts., 7 rebs., 2 asts., 1 blk., 2 TOs
JR Smith – 17 pts., 7 rebs., 5 asts., 2 stls., 1 blk.
Felton – 16 pts., 3 rebs., 8 asts., 1 stl., 2 TOs
Chandler – 14 pts., 6 rebs., 1 blk.
Ronnie Brewer – 13 pts., 10 rebs., 1 stl.
Pablo Prigioni – 11 pts., 1 reb., 6 asts., 2 stls., 2 TOs
Rasheed Wallace – 10 pts., 3 rebs., 2 blks., 1 TO
In a truly pathetic display the Sixers were run out of the gym on Monday night. Yes its early in the season, yes they have injuries, and yes they are still meshing. But wow. That game was absolutely embarrassing. The offense is sputtering and there is no fire in the Sixers play. Losing is one thing but do it in lackluster fashion is another. Especially at home. I need to see more effort out of them. Evan Turner is playing horribly right now. He still can't shoot worth a lick, and now he's reluctant to drive to the hoop. For this offense to flow w/o Bynum, we need him to step up big time. If he doesn't turn it around soon he'll be well on his way to 'bust' status. The offense is dismal, shooting 34% tonight. All I can say is at least they don't have to play the Knicks again for a while. Next game: Wednesday 7:00 p.m. @ New Orleans Hornets.
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