The New York Knicks (29-40) defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 93-92 on Friday night to capture an eighth straight victory. The Sixers (15-54) have now lost 23 games in a row and tied the second-longest losing streak in NBA history.
After leading by 17 points with five minutes remaining, the Knicks decided to pull their starters, which led to a 16-1 Sixers run. However, Philadelphia came up empty on a potential go-ahead possession with under 15 seconds left before Michael Carter-Williams missed a game-tying three-pointer as time expired.
Amar'e Stoudemire led the Knicks with 22 points on 10-of-15 shooting and 10 rebounds while Carmelo Anthony added 21 points, eight rebounds and five assists in 35 minutes.
Tyson Chandler also recorded a double-double, compiling 17 points and 10 rebounds (four offensive) while dishing out two assists and blocking a shot.
As a team, the Knicks shot a woeful 7-of-29 from the three-point line. J.R. Smith accounted for seven of those misses and only two makes on a night when he recorded a meager six points on 2-of-10 shooting.
Carter-Williams led the Sixers with 22 points, 13 rebounds, nine assists and two steals while Thaddeus Young chipped in 21 points on a lousy 6-of-21 shooting (3-of-9 from three). He also grabbed seven rebounds and recorded a game-high four steals in the loss.
Henry Sims looked particularly strong, though, scoring 16 points while pulling down a career-high 13 rebounds (eight offensive).
Philadelphia's next shot at a win will come on Saturday afternoon when they clash with the Chicago Bulls while the Knicks will look to extend their winning streak to nine games on Sunday against the Cleveland Cavaliers.