This afternoon, in the second game of the season, the Philadelphia 76ers took on the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. This was an early season matchup of two teams that I expect to make the playoffs but the Knicks definitely were quicker and stronger then the Sixers today.
The Sixers only lead came at the beginning of the game leading 2-0. From there, the Knicks took over and never looked back. Carmelo Anthony continued his hot shooting from Friday night and led the Knicks with 27 points and five rebounds. Also helping Carmelo in the scoring department was J.R. Smith who came off the bench and scored 20 points while shooting 4 of 5 from three point range. The Knicks offense was clicking as they shot 50 percent from the field and 40 percent from three point range.
For the Sixers, Jrue Holiday had the hot hand this afternoon. After signing his contract extension, Holiday came out and showed his worth. In 40 minutes of game action, Holiday had 27 points and seven assists. From the three point line, Holiday was 5 of 6. Evan Turner who had a quiet game for the most part had a double-double consisting of 11 points and 11 rebounds.
SG Jason Richardson left the game within the first two minutes, with an apparent sprained left ankle. There has been no more information regarding this injury as of yet.
The Sixers ended up losing this game 100-84 and now their record stands at 1-1 on the season. The Sixers will play the Knicks again in the second game of this home and home series tomorrow night at 7:00 pm at the Wells Fargo Center.
Jovan Alford is a staff writer for The Sixer Sense, a writer for Buzz On Broad covering the Philadelphia 76ers and Local College Basketball, a writer for Philly Sports Nut, and is a writer for Rant Sports covering the A-10 Conference for College Basketball.
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