The Knicks owned the crowd, owned the Sixers and soon may own their first Atlantic Division title in 18 years. It’s a reality now as Knicks interim coach Mike Woodson is alive for five.
The Knicks’ voracious defense forced the division-leading 76ers to miss their first 14 shots, then Jeremy Lin swatted away Philadelphia’s second-half rally to pull off a dazzling 82-79 victory Wednesday night before a sold-out Wells Fargo Center crowd filled with loud Knicks fans — most of them in Linsanity jerseys.
With Lin carrying the Knicks home by scoring 16 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter, Woodson moved to 5-0 as interim coach. The surging Knicks (23-24) moved within three games of the 76ers for the Atlantic Division lead. The Knicks will own the tiebreaker as they win the season series, 2-1.