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AmareForPresident
Nov 04, 2012, 20:01
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Melo scored 27 points, J.R. Smith had 20 and the Knicks beat the Philadelphia 76ers 100-84 on Sunday in the opener of home-and-home series.

"I think at the end of the day, we know what type of guys we have on this team, we know what's at stake and we want to win," Anthony said. "That's the only thing that's on our minds."http://www.haaretz.com/polopoly_fs/1.474158.1352004650%21/image/248733279.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_640/248733279.jpg

Jason Kidd had 12 points and six assists, and Raymond Felton added 11 points for the Knicks (2-0), who followed their 19 3-pointers in a season-opening victory over Miami by making 11 Sunday. They have won their two games by a combined 36 points and are 2-0 for the first time since winning their first three games in the 1999-00 season.

"I think when you share the basketball it becomes contagious, and guys, they feed into it," Knicks coach Mike Woodson said. "And the fact that we have so many guys that can make shots, you don't know who's going to get you on any given night."

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Both teams are missing high-priced big men because of knee problems. But while center Andrew Bynum's absence could have a big effect on the 76ers, the Knicks have so far shown that they can perhaps space the floor better using a smaller lineup without forward Amar'e Stoudemire.

"They're very tough to defend. They're playing really good defense," Philadelphia coach Doug Collins said. "It's a very difficult team to play because they can post or they can spread you and they really move the ball really well. They're playing very unselfish basketball."
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The Knicks led for most of the first quarter, getting nine points each from Anthony and Felton en route to a 31-25 lead. They pushed it into double digits in the second and never let the 76ers put much of a dent in it, extending it to 71-55 with 4:25 left in the third on a combined 79-year-old hookup. Kidd, 39, rifled a pass inside to 40-year-old Kurt Thomas, the NBA's oldest player, who scored and was fouled.

"The experience that we have on this locker room, it doesn't take long to understand how to play the game and that's what we have here," Kidd said, "is guys who know how to play the game and understanding their roles and doing it well."
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Philadelphia finally got it down to nine at the end of three, but Smith hit consecutive 3-pointers to push it back to 15, and he made another to give the Knicks their largest lead at 86-69 with 8:23 to play.The Knicks cruised from there, even getting a basket from Rasheed Wallace, back in the NBA at 38 after two years of retirement. Anthony, one of the NBA's elite scorers but not known for doing much else, was active defensively, even leaping over a row of chairs trying to save a ball he'd knocked free in the first quarter. He said he knew where he was going to land so wasn't worried about injury, but his teammates were impressed anyway.

"It's really contagious when you see your star player going out there, diving in the crowd, giving up open shots, going for loose balls. It really filters throughout the team," Smith said. "So as long as he keeps doing it, I think everybody won't have a problem doing it."
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The 76ers also lost starting guard Jason Richardson less than two minutes in when he sprained his left ankle after stepping on a camera man behind the baseline. X-rays were negative but he won't play Monday.

KNICKS

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Biggest Matchup

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Is Evan Turner ready to guard the Kobe's, Lebron's, and Melo's of the league?

What The Knicks Must Do for a W

- Keep up the good ball movement. We won't win with a stagnant iso ball offense.
- Take advantage of when Melo is being double teamed. (this can lead to easy buckets especially for guys that can stroke the three)
- Bench must contribute (Guys like Smith, Novak, Prigioni have to lead the second unit).
- DEFENSE! :gony:

Tonight's Tracks

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Will the Sixers come back to their hometown with a chip on their shoulder? Can the Knicks keep up their impressive ball movement and defense? We'll see on Monday, Nov 5 at 7:00 PM ET. GO KNICKS! :gony:

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New New York
Nov 04, 2012, 21:34
This is gonna be a tough game. They are gonna play with a lot of pride...yet if we just stick to defending and playing team ball we should pull this one out

gotta keep them off the offensive boards and keep turnovers down...if we do both of those as well as take smart shots...we are 3-0

metrocard
Nov 04, 2012, 22:14
Great Game Thread!
Stickied.

KingStarbury3
Nov 04, 2012, 22:18
I love the game thread AmareforPres and great choice of music. Green Rep

I think all we gotta do is play defense like we did today. I've quickly gained confidence in our offense. If we hold them to 84 again we win this game. 100 points is good against the 76ers even with their injuries. They held Denver to 75 in their opener. And they actually scored 84 points against the Nuggets too. Im sure ESPN would have some kind of a made up stat if they scored 84 again tomorrow night. "And the 76ers are the first team since the Sacramento Kings to score the same amount of points in their first 3 games" smh

Crazy⑧s
Nov 05, 2012, 00:10
IMO, we'll need a massive game from Melo. Given our recent history in Philly, we've been able to ride out of there with a W. The stud we've ridden out of there each time has been Melo.

With that unparalleled ball movement the team has fashioned so quickly, combined with the perimeter shooting, we have the tools, in addition to Melo's dominance over Thad Young, to pull this out relatively easily.

They'll be psyched, but the D we've seen from Kidd, JR, Brewer - I think we take them.

Knicks4Life_1985
Nov 05, 2012, 02:58
Doug Collins is one of the best in the game I am sure he has been up all night thinking of a way to stop #7. He should expect to see more double teams as soon as he crosses the 3 point line or post up on the elbow. Their game plan going into yesterdays game should have been don't let Melo beat you I am sure Collins will stick that in their ears again. If they find away to clamp down Melo expect to see a big point total from Rey Felton. He still wants to prove his worth and lock down his niche on the team.

21 Shump Street
Nov 05, 2012, 04:42
I'm confident that even with Melo frequently doubled our ball movement will still be enough to get others open. Even if Melo is swarmed he still puts up 20+ a night. Expect a good showing from our bench again. If Priggers and Novak can bring it then we have a good chance. Will be a good test to see how we measure up to a motivated team.

Great game thread.

CA7
Nov 05, 2012, 05:00
This is a big game for many reasons

1- 1st Road Game
2- Previously beat the team
3- 3 days rest coming up

Win this game, 3 days rest for Dallas and then Orlando. Great chance to start 5-0

1 game at time

#KnicksTape

CoolClyde
Nov 05, 2012, 12:45
nice thread AFP! i especially like the quotes and soundtrack choices.

"Ice Cream" is one of my fave Wu-tracks
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"Ice cold bitches melt down when in the clutch
They want they titties sucked, ice cream"

seriously, another test for 'bockers to beat same team back-to-back.
pressure on knicks to defend and keep ball movement going.

Melo must be the truemelo and continue his aggressive ways, both on O and D, and lead by his hustling & bustling.

also comes down to coach Wood Son, outmaneuvering smart coach Collins from righting the philly wrongs.

a tough assignment, but i think Knicks will romp.

KingStarbury3
Nov 05, 2012, 13:05
Wait, the other game thread says Monday too :confused:

DutchNickFan
Nov 05, 2012, 16:45
Love tonight's tracks! Good old hip hop! Hope we can continue what we've got going on away from home. I love the effort melo brought last game. Go Knicks!

BIG APPLE SPORTS
Nov 05, 2012, 17:29
Lets go, If we lose i still hope we play how we played on defense throughout this 2 game stretch. Offense is not given each game but you can play great defense when ever you want to.

Wargames
Nov 05, 2012, 17:37
i love titties....

also is kwame starting? cause if he is i really hope we don't lose cause he is horrible.

CA7
Nov 05, 2012, 17:39
We have our 1st bandwagon rider


Frank Isola ‏@FisolaNYDN
Remember last year's most absurd storyline: Can Carmelo fit in with the point guard with 25 career starts under his belt? What a joke.

this guy talked **** all year long

BIG APPLE SPORTS
Nov 05, 2012, 17:41
We have our 1st bandwagon rider



this guy talked **** all year long

Bandwagons running rampant.

LeFlume
Nov 05, 2012, 17:43
Not much respect from bookmakers. Knicks opened at +3.5. Down at +2.5 now...Easy money if you ask me. Knicks win this one straight up..:gony:

and great game thread A.F.P :gony:

CA7
Nov 05, 2012, 18:02
game time......

LeFlume
Nov 05, 2012, 18:09
Kwame Brown :teeth:

NYk_Reloaded718
Nov 05, 2012, 18:09
Lets not let holiday light us up this time

NYk_Reloaded718
Nov 05, 2012, 18:15
lol chandler

LeFlume
Nov 05, 2012, 18:15
Maybe coach should take a time out..nothing is working on offense.

NYk_Reloaded718
Nov 05, 2012, 18:17
F U holiday

LeFlume
Nov 05, 2012, 18:18
WTF Brewer. What kind of shot was that?

NYk_Reloaded718
Nov 05, 2012, 18:19
Finally some life!!

NYk_Reloaded718
Nov 05, 2012, 18:21
Melo eating them boards up

NY17KNICKS
Nov 05, 2012, 18:22
Melo needs to chill alittle, his shot isnt on yet. pass the rock.

Weissenberg
Nov 05, 2012, 18:23
Melo eating them boards upLOL, imagine Melo going 30 and 20. :lol:

NYk_Reloaded718
Nov 05, 2012, 18:25
Melo on brick mode

rady
Nov 05, 2012, 18:25
Swish takes the lead!

NYk_Reloaded718
Nov 05, 2012, 18:26
LOL, imagine Melo going 30 and 20. :lol:lol not with the way he's shooting right now

Weissenberg
Nov 05, 2012, 18:28
Chandler looks completely off...

CA7
Nov 05, 2012, 18:28
lol not with the way he's shooting right now

1 bad shot, he'll be fine just needs a dunk, lay up or easy jumper

CA7
Nov 05, 2012, 18:29
There's my Melo

LeFlume
Nov 05, 2012, 18:30
Can someone pls tell Spencer Hawes that his "Porn Stach" and "mullet" is so Seventies.

NYk_Reloaded718
Nov 05, 2012, 18:31
lol hawes hideous runner shot

NYk_Reloaded718
Nov 05, 2012, 18:31
Jr brick city

NY17KNICKS
Nov 05, 2012, 18:32
Melo heating up!

NYk_Reloaded718
Nov 05, 2012, 18:34
get off my screen JR -__-

CA7
Nov 05, 2012, 18:34
Slow start but we pulled through

DutchNickFan
Nov 05, 2012, 18:35
Melo showing us he's only human ;)