The 76ers fell to the New York Knicks on Sunday losing 100-84. the Knicks improve to (2-0) while the Sixers fall to (1-1). It was a sloppy game for both teams as they combined for 33 turnovers. Jrue Holiday led the Sixers in scoring with 27 points while Carmelo led the Knicks in scoring with 27 as well.
The matchup that got most of the attention leading up to the game was Thad Young vs. Carmelo Anthony. Carmelo pretty much took advantage of the matchup scoring 27 points and using his strength and size to get easy layups. When Carmelo was double teamed, he did a good job of passing out to one of the many three point shooters the Knicks have. Today, they made 11 three pointers and shot 40% from downtown.
The Sixers defense looked extremely sluggish as Nick Young made Jason Kidd look like he was in his prime and Lavoy Allen has shown he doesn’t know how to play weak side defense, allowing Melo to score in the paint whenever he wanted. Evan Turner scored 11 points, but his shot continues to be a concern as he went just 2-9 from the field.
The lone bright spot for the Sixers was Jrue Holiday and his 27 points. His obsession with long two pointers continues to be a concern, but he is definetly taking a step in the right direction.
The Sixers look to bounce back tomorrow night as they get a second chance against the Knicks at 7 pm at the Wells Fargo Center.