The New York Knicks were able to escape with a 93-92 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers, and Amar’e Stoudemire led the team with 22 points and 10 rebounds. The Knicks struggled to maintain a lead in the first with their poor shooting in the first half. New York was able to carry a 17-point lead in the fourth quarter, until coach Mike Woodson emptied the bench with four minutes left in regulation.
The 76ers made a large comeback run, only trailing within two points during the final minute. One made free throw from Carmelo Anthony and a missed three-point field goal attempt from Michael Carter-Williams at the buzzer helped the Knicks win their eighth consecutive game.
Had the Knicks lost this game in Philadelphia, it could easily be the reason why they lost their chances of making the postseason. It’s one of the negatives to making a late run for playoffs, especially for a team with a 29-40 record.
Fortunately, New York won and will face three more teams that are out of the playoffs based on their current record. The Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Lakers and the Sacramento Kings have been struggling all season long and are far below the playoff picture. The Knicks will need to take advantage of these upcoming matches.
That doesn’t mean that this will be an easy ride for New York, and Friday’s game at Philadelphia was a good example. These losing teams have nothing to fight for. It may actually get tougher for the Knicks and their remaining schedule, especially when they’ve beaten the odds with a tremendous winning streak.
New York’s next game is on Sunday at home against Cleveland.