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"Best" & "Worst" awards: Sixers vs. Knicks

My look at some of the best and worst performances and happenings from the New York Knicks’ 102-92 victory over the 76ers Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Center:

"Best" & "Worst" awards: Sixers vs. Knicks

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Knicks reserve Amar´e Stoudemire dominated the Sixers in what had the feel of a New York home game Saturday at the Wells Fargo Center. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Knicks reserve Amar'e Stoudemire dominated the Sixers in what had the feel of a New York home game Saturday at the Wells Fargo Center. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

My look at some of the best and worst performances and happenings from the New York Knicks’ 102-92 victory over the 76ers Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Center: 

Best performance:  Amar’e Stoudemire gets this award.  The 6-foot-11, 245-pounder looked nothing like a guy who has been battling injuries. Dominating the overmatched Sixers, the Knicks reserve power forward/center resembled a guy who a beast during his time with the Phoenix Suns.  Stoudemire shot 8-for-10 from the field and made all five of his foul shots in route to finishing with a game-high 21 points. Things were too easy for the 12th-year veteran, who killed the Sixers on powerful dunks and hook shots.

Worst performance: I have to give this to Evan Turner, who was nothing more than a bystander.  Turner had just six shot attempts and eight points through three quarters. He finished with 12 points on 4-for-11 shooting in addition to a game-worst six turnovers.  The Sixers are at their best when the swingman is aggressive. He was anything but Saturday night.

Best defensive performance: Kenyon Martin gets this award. The Knicks power forward finished with two blocked shots. He also had eight rebounds – five defensive – in 26 minutes.

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Best performance in a losing effort: This goes to James Anderson, who made his second consecutive start at shooting guard.  He made 8 of 13 field goals to finish with 17 points, sharing team-high scoring honors with Spencer Hawes. Anderson also finished with seven rebounds in 34 minutes of action.

Worst statistic: This goes to the Sixers scoring just 12 points in the second quarter. They missed nine straight shot attempts from the 7:16 mark to 1:26 of the quarter.

 Best statistic:  I have to give this to the Knicks shooting 65 percent (13-for-20) in the third quarter.

Worst of the Worst: This has to go the Wells Fargo Center being a home away from home for the Knicks.  An overwhelming majority of the 16,278 in attendance were vocal New York fans, who drowned out Philly supporters.  They gave the Knicks a huge advantage.  Former Sixers president Pat Croce is somewhere shaking his head in disgust.

- Keith Pompey

Follow and contact Inquirer 76ers beat writer Keith Pompey on Twitter @PompeyOnSixers.



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Keith Pompey has been an Inquirer reporter since September 2004 and took over the Sixers beat in the summer of 2013 after covering Temple basketball and football for the previous three years.

Marc Narducci has served in a variety of roles with the Inquirer since beginning in 1983. He has covered the 76ers as a backup and a beat writer. In addition, Narducci has covered everything from the Super Bowl to the World Series and a lot in between.

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