Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE
The Philadelphia 76ers lost their first game of the season, falling to the New York Knicks in Madison Square Garden 100-84.
The Philadelphia 76ers lost for the first time this season, losing on the road to the New York Knicks 100-84.
The 76ers struggled to score points for most of the game, and found themselves trailing 57-44 at half. Philadelphia attempted to chip away at the lead, outscoring the Knicks by four in the third quarter, but New York pulled away in the fourth to ensure the victory on Sunday.
Jrue Holiday led all Philadelphia players with 27 points, and shot an impressive 5-of-6 from behind the three-point line. Holiday's shooting could not carry the team, as the rest of the 76ers went 3-of-11 from beyond the arc. Thaddeus Young chipped in 16 points and six rebounds, all on the offensive end, while Evan Turner had 11 points, including a 6-of-6 performance from the charity stripe.
Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 27 points, shooting 10-of-18 from the field. J.R. Smith played 35 key minutes off the bench, scoring 20 points and shooting 4-of-5 from three. Point guards Raymond Felton and Jason Kidd were solid contributors as well, combining for 23 points, seven assists and four steals.