Monday, March 30, 2015

Knicks beat Sixers, Brand scores 24

FINAL SCORE: Knicks 110, Sixers 104. Not much running play-by-play in the second half as deadine approached, but a couple of things: Marreese Speights looked good again in his minutes. He started poorly, but gained momentum. Royal Ivey hit a few outside shots. Kareem Rush missed all his outside shots. When the Sixers' starters faced the Knicks' starters, the Sixers outplayed them.

Knicks beat Sixers, Brand scores 24

FINAL SCORE: Knicks 110, Sixers 104.

Not much running play-by-play in the second half as deadine approached, but a couple of things: Marreese Speights looked good again in his minutes. He started poorly, but gained momentum. Royal Ivey hit a few outside shots. Kareem Rush missed all his outside shots. When the Sixers' starters faced the Knicks' starters, the Sixers outplayed them.

HALFTIME: Knicks 60, Sixers 51. The Knicks continued to play their starters in the second quarter while the Sixers' Elton Brand, Andre Miller, Andre Iguodala, and Sam Dalembert sat.

First quarter: Sixers 38, Knicks 22. Brand has 18 points.

Substitutions: Kareem Rush is first guy off bench (with 3:45 left in first quarter) for Thaddeus Young. Reggie Evans (also at 3:45) comes in for Sam Dalembert. Lou Williams checks in (with 1:44 left in first) for Andre Miller. Donyell Marshall checks in (with 1:36 left) for Elton Brand.

Observations: Elton Brand has been much more involved early this game than he was Wednesday against the Celtics. Brand has hit a nice midpost turn-around jumper, a 15-footer off a pick-and-roll with Miller, and another jumper. He has six points. The Sixers showed some transition early, with a great break where Iguodala finished with a dunk, it started off of a Dalembert rebound.

Speaking of Sam, he had a very nice drive from the top of the key: He finished going right off the glass. Right now the Sixers look much better than they did Wednesday. But the competition -- the Knicks -- aren't at the same level as the Celtics.

Sixers have showed some good offense, getting the ball to Brand and running cuts, also running pick-and-rolls with Andre Miller, who's done a great job distributing the basketball.

Sixers held leads of 12-4 and 20-11.

Rush's first shot comes 15 seconds into his court time, a 3-pointer from the corner. It's long, but Brand ends up finishing the play. He has 13 points on 5 for 6 shooting. Now he has 15 points on 6 of 7 shooting. Another successful pick-and-roll with Miller. Brand goes to the hoop for another basket.

Sixers lead 26-16.

I don't think the Knicks are going to be very good this season. They've give up 33 points this quarter.

Of note: Elton and Reggie Evans are playing together. Iguodala has played well, shooting well from the outside. He is 3 for 5 with nine points.

Second Quarter

Substitutions: Antywane Robinson start second quarter for Iguodala. Royal Ivey checks in (with 9:05 left in second) for Robinson. Marreese Speights checks in (with 6:17 left in second) for Donyell Marshall. Young returns (with 4:55 left) for Evans.

Observations: The Sixers lineup of Lou Williams, Royal Ivey, Kareem Rush, Donyell Marshall, and Reggie Evans didn't quite have the same effect as the starters. Sixers only lead 42-39.

Lou Williams uses a pick-and-roll very well. He just went off of Evans and hesitated then went to the rim and scored.

Knicks lead 47-44. I believe that is a 26-6 run.

Rush misses a three. That's two missed for him. Speights not looking as effective as Wednesday. He has looked out of position on defense, picking up two fouls. He also missed a long shot.

Thad Young's ball handling: Twice Young has tried to go from perimeter to the hoop and twice he has lost the ball.

Speights gets on the glass. Nearly tipping in a Lou Williams' miss. Then he hits a nice baseline jumper off a pass from Royal Ivey. Then Speights takes a charge along the baseline. Good work by the rookie.

Ivey makes a three-pointer from the corner.

Rush misses another three -- although he did just make a good helpside rotation and steal on defense.

Knicks lead 52-46.  

Third Quarter: Knicks 87, Sixers 77.

About this blog

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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