7:30 PM ET, March 10, 2014
Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
"I love nights like this," Anthony said. "Four guys with 20-plus points. Sharing the ball. Making plays. Having fun out there. Taking the load off me. I love nights like that."
Hardaway did most of his scoring in the fourth quarter, opening the period with a 3-pointer and making five of his eight shots, including three 3-pointers as the Knicks' six-point lead entering the final quarter grew to as many as 21.
Overall, he scored 13 in the final 12 minutes.
"I was just trying to get myself open," Hardaway said. "I just came in today and I just started hitting my shots. Everyone was moving the ball and taking open shots. 'Stat' got us going. J.R. was getting going and then Pablo (Prigioni) and everybody started finding me, so I just wanted to get myself going."
Stoudemire started his fifth straight game for the Knicks. He had come off the bench in all but one other game this season.
"It feels great, Stoudemire said. "I have been working extremely hard to get back to my normal self. My confidence is there. It never left."
Michael Carter-Williams recorded a triple-double with 23 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists for Philadelphia, mired in its longest skid since the 1972-73 season.
"I am trying not to think about it," Carter-Williams said. "We lose and we have to move on to the next one. People are writing about it and that's fine, but we are going to stay focused as a team."
Philadelphia did get off to a good start, taking a 29-17 lead on James Anderson's 3-pointer with 2:45 left in the first quarter.
Smith scored 12 of his points in the opening quarter.
"We were just trying to chip away at it," Smith said. "We've been in that situation numerous times this year, so we just tried to chip away at it and not hit any home-run plays."
The Knicks did pull to within five at the end of the quarter and were even at 61 at halftime.
The 76ers took a 67-66 lead following two free throws by Jarvis Varnado with 10:22 left in the third quarter, but the Knicks scored the next eight points to take a 74-67 lead.
The lead was short-lived, however, as Philadelphia countered with its own 8-0 run to reclaim a one-point lead.
After Thaddeus Young's short jumper gave Philadelphia a 79-78 lead, the Knicks went on a 9-0 run with Anthony scoring the final five points to give the Knicks the lead for good.
"We finally got solid defensively in the third quarter and, in the fourth, we brought it home," Knicks coach Mike Woodson said. "We made shots. That has been a key to our four-game winning streak."
New York held a 91-85 lead after three quarters and went on to take its biggest lead of the game, 110-89, on the fourth of Hardaway's five 3-pointers with 7:37 left.
The Knicks never led by less than 12 the rest of the way.
Raymond Felton added 13 points for the Knicks.
Tony Wroten also scored 23 points for Philadelphia. Young finished with 18 and Anderson had 17 for the 76ers.
"Tim Hardaway is a good player. Carmelo is Carmelo," 76ers coach Brett Brown said. "You look around the gym and you have to pick your poison. They really have a lot of offensive firepower."
The Knicks' highest points total of the season came in a 125-96 win over Charlotte on Jan. 24. ... The last time the Knicks had four 20-point scorers in a game was against the Celtics on April 12, 2012 (Anthony 35, Steve Novak 25, Smith 25, Tyson Chandler 20). ... Chandler was not with the Knicks due to "personal reasons." ... The Knicks have purchased a NBA D-League team which will play its home games in White Plains, N.Y., beginning next season. The team's nickname has not yet been decided. ... Shannon Brown and Earl Clark were both signed to second 10-day contracts by the Knicks on Monday.
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MVP: With Carmelo Anthony still lagging physically due to a lingering cold, Amar'e Stoudemire had a much-needed throwback performance: a season-high-tying 23 points on 9-for-10 shooting and a slew of thunderous dunks off pick-and-rolls.
X factor: Raymond Felton has had a nightmarish season, but in the middle of the third quarter, as the Knicks' offense ground to a halt, Felton netted seven big points to keep Philadelphia at bay.
Defining moment: A Sixers squad that had lost 17 in a row was hanging around, partly due to a sloppy, intermittently lackadaisical effort from New York, when the Knicks exploded on a 19-4 run over the first 4:23 of the fourth quarter to push the lead to an insurmountable 21 points.
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Knicks rookie Tim Hardaway Jr. hit 5 3-pt FG in a 123-110 win over the 76ers on Monday. In 33 career games against PHI his father, Tim Hardaway Sr., never hit more than 4 3-pt FG against PHI. Hardaway Jr.'s 28 points were one below his career-high 29, and matched his father's total of 2 games of 28 points (or more) as a rookie in 1989-90.
Michael Carter-Williams (PHI) had 23 pts, 10 ast, 13 reb for his second career triple-double on Monday night against the Knicks. Carter-Williams became the NBA's 3rd rookie the past 10 seasons with multiple triple-doubles, joining Chris Paul (2) and Blake Griffin (2). Andre Iguodala (1) is the only other 76ers rookie with a triple-double in the last 30 years.
Make it 17 straight losses for the 76ers. But it's not the length of the streak, it's how badly they're getting outplayed. They've lost those 17 games by an average margin of nearly 19 points per game. It's the second-largest margin EVER for any single-season losing streak of at least 17 games.[+]
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While all eyes are on New York's situation in regards to Phil Jackson - you have to wonder why Jim Buss and the Lakers wouldn't want to bring him back into the fold. In 11 seasons with the Lakers, Jackson guided the team to 7 NBA Finals appearances and 5 titles. The Lakers are currently in the midst of their 4th season without the Zenmaster (2004-05 and the last 3) since he made his debut in Los Angeles - and the team has posted a .483 win percentage en route to winning just 5 playoff games.[+]
Lakers With and Without Phil Jackson - Since Jackson's 1st Season With Team (1999-00)
Phil Jackson is well-known for his affiliation with talented teams, but it's worth noting that the last time he came out of retirement came back in 2005 after the Lakers went just 34-48. Jackson had 3 different coaching stints in his career - and he improved the team's win percentage significantly in his first season each time, including leading the Lakers to the title in 1999-00.[+]
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