Since going on a seven-game winning run after Harvard University graduate Jeremy Lin came off the bench to take over as point guard Feb. 4, the Knicks have lost eight of 11 games to dent their chances of reaching the National Basketball Association playoffs.
Lou Williams led the 76ers with 28 points and Evan Turner had 24 points and 15 rebounds today as Philadelphia improved to 25-17 this season with its third straight win. The Knicks dropped to 18-23 and are in eighth place in the Eastern Conference, with the top eight teams making the playoffs.
The Knicks are winless in March and gave up 118 and 119 points in losses at the San Antonio Spurs and the Milwaukee Bucks without injured center Tyson Chandler. Chandler, who leads the Knicks in defensive and total rebounds per game, had 12 rebounds today in his return.
The Knicks trailed 51-49 at halftime as they committed 10 turnovers to Philadelphia’s six. Lin ended the half with five points, four assists and three turnovers, while Carmelo Anthony had a game-leading 14 points in the opening two quarters.
The 76ers opened a 73-62 lead with three minutes, 49 seconds remaining in the third quarter as they capped an 8-0 scoring run with a four-point play after Anthony fouled Andre Iguodala as he made a 3-point shot. The visitors outscored New York 38-24 in the third quarter to push their lead to 89-73.
The Knicks couldn’t close the gap and trailed 104-89 with 3:05 to play. Steve Novak then made a 3-point jump shot and J.R. Smith added two points from the free-throw line to complete New York’s scoring.
New York was held to 41 percent shooting.
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