Two NBA teams got to experience a bowl game like many NCAA college football teams do on Wednesday night in Philadelphia as the New York Knicks beat the Philadelphia 76’ers 98-91 in the “2015 Tank Bowl”.
Going into the game, the two teams were heading in opposite directions. The Knicks (7-36) ended a 16 game losing streak Monday night when they beat the New Orelans Pelicans. Up until ten days ago, the Sixers (8-34) had won three of four games. Since then they have lost three games in a row.
Carmelo Anthony made sure the Knicks were going to win this one. He scored 27 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. His two consecutive three-pointers in the first 25 seconds of the third quarter gave the Knicks a 55-42 lead, which was the biggest lead of the game, causing Sixers coach Brown to call a timeout.
The Sixers were playing without its center Nerlen Noels, who had an upper respiratory infection, Tony Wroten, who had a right knee sprain and Luc Mbah a Moute, who had a left-knee contusion. Noel and Mbah a Moute have played great lately, especially on the defensive end.
Jose Calderon scored 15 points and added seven assists, Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 13 points and Logan Galloway scored 11 points for the Knicks.
Michael Carter-Williams led the Sixers with 27 points, seven assists and five steals, Rodney Covington added 17 points, KJ McDaniels added 12 points and five rebounds and Henry Sims scored 11 points and added 12 rebounds.
Sixers forward Jerami Grant only scored four points of 27 minutes of action, but he also became only the first rookie in the NBA to block eight shots since Larry Sanders did it for the Milwaukee Bucks in December of 2010.
The Sixers host the first place Toronto Raptors on Friday night in Philadelphia.