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    Game 42 (1-22-14): Sixers (13-28) @ Knicks (15-26)

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    Philadelphia 76ers - New York Knicks

    Location: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
    Date: January 22nd, 2014
    Time: 7:30 PM EST
    Broadcast: CSN (TV), 97.5 FM (Radio)

    Points per Game Assists per Game Rebounds per Game
    Sixers Turner 18.3 MCW 6.7 Hawes 8.9
    Knicks Anthony 26.1 Felton 8.6 Anthony 9.1

    The New York Knicks couldn't have imagined a much worse start to their eight-game homestand.

    While the first two games were blowout losses to streaking opponents, losing to a badly struggling last-place team Wednesday night would be a new low point New York will try to avoid as it meets the Philadelphia 76ers.

    The reigning Atlantic Division champion Knicks (15-26) have reached the halfway point of a season with their worst record since 2007-08.

    "I didn't think we would be in this situation," said Carmelo Anthony, who has never been on a team that finished under .500. "I don't really know how to deal with situations like this. I'm learning, this is the first time for me. We gotta keep it going. We got a lot more games to play, we gotta figure it out."

    New York has dropped four straight overall -- all by double digits -- though the first two losses were on the road and one was to league-best Indiana. The last two might not have been overly surprising, either, other than both turning into routs.

    "Just the way we've been losing, that hurts," Anthony said. "We're not just losing by two, three points or four points. It's a large margin of victory."

    Two nights after falling 109-95 to the Los Angeles Clippers, who ran their win streak to five, the Knicks lost 103-80 on Monday to a Brooklyn team which has won seven of eight. They shot a combined 34.4 percent -- 12 of 42 by Anthony -- with 37 turnovers.

    Falling at home to Philadelphia would be much less excusable. The 76ers (13-28) are in the Atlantic basement with the league's third-worst record, having dropped three straight and seven of eight. They've lost all three road games in that span -- none against teams with winning records -- by an average of 17.0 points.

    Plus, the Knicks have won eight of 10 over the Sixers, including a 102-92 road victory Jan. 11 even with Anthony held to 18 points -- two off his season low.

    Amare Stoudemire scored 21 off the bench, but he and fellow veteran forward Kenyon Martin won't be available. The two lopsided home losses have come since Stoudemire and Martin suffered sprained ankles at Indiana.

    Pablo Prigioni did return Monday after missing 16 games with a broken toe, joining fellow point guard Raymond Felton in the starting lineup, but had two points and two assists with three turnovers. Felton has shot a combined 4 of 19 in the last two games.

    "It's multiple things that have gone wrong," center Tyson Chandler said. "We've got to find better continuity on both ends of the floor, offensive and defensively."

    So do the 76ers, who have shot 37.9 percent over the last three games while averaging 87.7 points, compared to 103.7 by their opponents.

    Philadelphia is 8 of 57 from 3-point range (19.0 percent) in that span, including a combined 0 for 14 by Thaddeus Young and Elliot Williams.

    "We gotta stop taking contested shots and try to get ourselves in the right positions at all times," Young said. "... We all know, when you're taking contested shots, the percentages go down. If we can find a way to get open looks and easier baskets, I think we'll be fine."

    Leading scorer Evan Turner has averaged 9.7 points in the last three games, a span in which Williams is 1 for 16 from the field.

    Rookie Michael Carter-Williams, though, was a bright spot Monday with 31 points in a 107-99 loss at Washington.
    Injury Report:

    Philadelphia:
    Brandon Davies, F: Questionable (finger)
    Tony Wroten, G: Doubtful (ankle)
    Lavoy Allen, F: Doubtful (calf)
    Arnett Moultrie, F: Questionable (ankle)
    Jason Richardson, G: Out (knee)
    Nerlens Noel, C: Out (knee)

    New York:
    Amar'e Stoudemire, F: Out (ankle)
    Kenyon Martin, F: Out (ankle)
    Metta World Peace, F: Out (knee)

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    Lol the Knicks. We have a d-league team out there and they can't stop us from scoring. Come NY, we wanna lose.

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    Sucks that we won tonight….It just makes me dislike the knicks even more haha.

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    Yeah. As frustrating as it is to get these counterproductive wins, at least against the Knicks there's a stark reminder how much worse things could be. Genuinely thought they were going to be a contender now and for a few years to come, and instead they're barely above .300, losing at home to teams like us, no picks, no prospect for improvement, awful owner, awful coach that the owner seems to love, etc. Must be even worse for all the guys on here who genuinely argued that the Bargs deal might work out and must now be humiliated, or all the guys who spent years talking about CP3 and taunting anyone who said they were deluded. Almost feel sorry for them. As bad as these wins feel, things could be many times worse. Still sucks, though. Lose, dammit.

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    Also someone should tell our starters that traditionally the big guys get the rebounds and the little guys get the assists. Super weird box score.

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    Agreed! I had some of those thoughts. Like what if we end up with 2 picks 8-13. Then what to do

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    This was posted in the NBA forum. Had to share, so mad I missed this.

    Bargs being Bargs with the epic posterize fail.

    Last edited by sixer04fan; 01-23-2014 at 02:27 AM.

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    Wow! That's hilarious. I'm watching replay now. Feel like I have to stay up until that part at least

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    not thirlled with the win espcially after that Bobcats win buuuut i cant help but enjoy beating the Knicks bcuz i despise them and Melo so **** them i love adding to their misery. Wold have been nice to pick up a game on the Bucks tho since they finally snapped their streak

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    Bucks won last night too. Would've been nice to pick up a game on them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mandrew View Post
    Bucks won last night too. Would've been nice to pick up a game on them.
    I can't see us catching the Bucks we are having a hell of a time catching the Magic at 2 I honestly would rather the Sixers stay away from the worst record.

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    what? worst record means best odds at first pick. that has been the goal form day 1 with the consolation being top 3

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    I was just like "OH ****! Hope Thad's arite" when I first seen that Bargnani fail lol.. But then seen the replay and was lmao! Sucked to come away with he W, but at least the ending was pretty sick when Thad, ET came with the daggers and Knicks fans started walking out, booing they own team haha XD

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    Quote Originally Posted by sixer04fan View Post
    This was posted in the NBA forum. Had to share, so mad I missed this.

    Bargs being Bargs with the epic posterize fail.

    Kinda wish they just let him have at it, there's no way he dunks that ball.

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    Now it's being reported that Bargs is out indefinitely with a torn lig in his left elbow. And yes, he in fact injured the elbow on that very play.

    Now I feel kinda bad. But at the same time it makes it even more hilarious.

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