NEW YORK (AP) -- Carmelo Anthony made a jumper with 0.3 seconds left to give the New York Knicks a 110-109 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night.
The Knicks blew a 17-point lead and fell behind by one when Jahlil Okafor scored with 9 seconds remaining. But Anthony dribbled left after a timeout, pulling up over Robert Covington to cap his 37-point performance.
The Knicks then intercepted the 76ers' inbounds pass to hold on and snap their two-game losing streak.
Derrick Rose added 18 points and Justin Holiday had 14 for the Knicks, who won for just the third time in 11 games. They played without starters Kristaps Porzingis (sprained right ankle) and Joakim Noah (sore left hamstring). >> Read more
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First things first, Carmelo Anthony was feeling it in this one. Win or lose, Anthony was hot from the jump. Easily reaching double-figures in the first quarter alone, Anthony was running the ball up the court and taking charge of each inbounds possession. Having scored 21 heading into the break, Anthony iced off after receiving more rest in the second half. Nevertheless, he was cool, calm, and collected during New York's final possession. The forward flexed his clutch gene and clearly carried the Knicks in this one. Whether he's the right fit on this town or not, Anthony showed why he's still a superstar in this league. He can score at will.
Anthony's late game dagger silenced a very eccentric and excited 76ers squad. The Knicks had some deja by when the visiting team quickly erased a double-digit lead and looked to be in control during the final seconds. Philadelphia has stolen victories from New York before. Players were pumped up as they smelled a win. There's so much promise surrounding this team and the organization is willing to be patient. That creates positivity and an overwhelmingly refreshing culture. Phil Jackson and Co. should take note. The future is bright and there were even "Trust the Process" cheers in the Garden crowd.
In the midst of the 76ers' collective glowing attitude was plenty of grit and fight on the offensive glass. They grabbed 16 offensive rebounds. Jahlil Okafor gave Willy Hernangomez the business, presenting a really difficult challenge down low. The big man led his squad with 28 points and Hernangomez's action was limited as he committed 5 fouls. After so much success, this could prove to be a healthy learning experience for the rookie.
Getting the start in place of Kristaps Porzingis, Lance Thomas also came up in the clutch. Matching his season-high of 11 points, Thomas hit timely buckets (including a four point play) while grabbing 6 boards. More importantly, he moved well and wasn't deterred after absorbing physical contact. His campaign has clearly been slowed by his orbital injury (Thomas still wears a mask that could be affecting his comfort level), but he looked the best he has in a while.