Amare Stoudemire posted his third double-double this season, scoring 22 points and registering 10 rebounds, to help the New York Knicks sneak by the Philadelphia 76ers, 93-92. The Knicks put together a very efficient performance, turning it over on only 11 possessions while totaling 29 assists. New York (29-40) has now won eight consecutive games, dating back to a 118-106 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on March 5th.
Stoudemire went 10-15 from the field, in a strong performance. Other top performers for New York were Carmelo Anthony with 21 points and 8 rebounds, and Tyson Chandler with 17 points and 10 rebounds. On 10-21 shooting, including 2-6 from behind the arc, Michael Carter-Williams put up 22 points for Philadelphia in the loss. He also added 13 rebounds and 9 assists. Thaddeus Young contributed 21 points and 7 rebounds and Henry Sims finished with 16 points and 13 rebounds.
In a showdown of statistical strengths, the offense of New York won the turnover battle against the defense of Philadelphia that forces the league's fourth-most errors (opponents' TO% of 30.4%). The Knicks ended this contest with a TO% of 11.7%, and make the third-fewest mistakes in the league this year (TO% of 13.2%). The Knicks posted a sterling assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.64. This year, they are 4-4 when they exceed 2.50 in this metric. Conversely, the 76ers are winless (0-3) when allowing their opponents to achieve such a stellar ratio.
Philadelphia (15-54) has now lost 23 straight contests.
Coming up, the Knicks square off with the Cleveland Cavaliers, who are 26-43 on the season. The 76ers go up against the Chicago Bulls, currently sitting at 38-31 this year. The Knicks came away with a win in two straight games against Cleveland. The 76ers have lost to Chicago the last two times they have played.