Knicks struggle as Philadelphia surges

The New York Knicks lost their fifth straight game Sunday afternoon, getting thrashed by the surging 76ers, 106-94.

Lou Williams led all scorers with 28 points, including a crazy run at the end of the third quarter where he scored a quick 12 points to help Philly put the game away.

Guard Evan Turner had another strong game for the 76ers, with 24 points and a career-high 15 rebounds, who have won three in a row after starting the second half of the season by losing five straight after the all-star break.

“We were clicking on both ends,” Philly guard Andre Iguodala said after the game. “We were getting stops and we were getting rebounds and pushing to get fast-break points. I think we did a better job tonight of trying to get to the basket and trying to get the foul calls and get to the free throw line. That kind of made the basket a little bit bigger for us. Evan made some shots and then Lou got a little hot there as well.”

The Knicks, meanwhile, struggled after halftime, and head coach Mike D’Antoni benched stars Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire after a third quarter in which Philadelphia scored 39 points.

“Obviously tonight the third quarter juts doomed us,” coach D’Antoni said. “Thirty-nine points in the third quarter is just crazy. It’s hard to explain sometimes.”

The Knicks seem to be playing with no energy and heart when they get down.

“When we get down, it just seems like our whole energy just goes out the door,” said Carmelo Anthony, who, according to USA Today, scored 22 points but didn’t make a field goal over the final three quarters.

That was evident today, as Philly continued the onslaught in the fourth, and the outcome of the game was known well before it ended. There were shouts of “fire D’Antoni!” late in the game, and boos throughout the third and fourth quarters.

The road only gets tougher for the Knicks, as they play on the road versus the Bulls tomorrow, while Philly looks to continue its winning ways on Wednesday on the road versus the Pacers.