The New York Knicks (14-22) defeated the Philadelphia 76ers (12-25) 102-92 on Saturday night to capture their fourth consecutive victory.
After trailing by eight after one quarter of play, the Knicks exploded for a combined 64 points in the second and third quarters, and were led by 21 points on 8-of-10 shooting (5-of-5 from the free-throw line) from Amar'e Stoudemire.
Carmelo Anthony was steady throughout and provided 18 points, seven assists and a game-high nine rebounds.
The big surprise, though, was the play of J.R. Smith, who scored 14 points (5-of-8 shooting, 3-of-4 from three) and dished out six assists off the pine one game after being benched by head head coach Mike Woodson. He was a game-high plus-20 in 27 minutes.
The Sixers looked lethargic over the game's final 36 minutes as they fought off fatigue on the second night of a back-to-back, and shot 46 percent from the field and 26 percent from three in the loss.
Six Philadelphia players finished in double figures, and Brett Brown's squad was led by 17 points apiece from Spencer Hawes and James Anderson. Thaddeus Young added 15 points, five rebounds, three assists and four steals.
Rookie sensation Michael Carter-Williams was quiet throughout and managed just 11 points on 3-of-6 shooting and seven dimes.
The Sixers will be off until Wednesday when they host the Charlotte Bobcats while the Knicks will square off against the Phoenix Suns on Monday night at Madison Square Garden.
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