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Knicks beat 76ers 99-93 to end 4-game skid

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 24, 2013 at 10:12 pm •  Published: February 24, 2013

NEW YORK (AP) — Even when he wasn't hitting his shots, Carmelo Anthony delivered a shot.

Tired of losing and determined to stop it, the New York Knicks toughened up and fought their way out of their worst slump of the season.

Anthony scored 29 points, Amare Stoudemire had a season-high 22, and the Knicks snapped their four-game losing streak by beating the Philadelphia 76ers 99-93 on Sunday night.

"Losing games, games we think we're supposed to win, you come into a game like this, we want to win," Anthony said. "Definitely want to be a very high-intensity game, a very high-energetic game back here on our home court and we didn't want to lose this game."

Anthony was only 6 of 18 from the field, but made 16 of 18 free throws and also was called for a flagrant foul for the fired-up Knicks, who have fallen behind Indiana into third place in the Eastern Conference and whose Atlantic Division lead over the Brooklyn Nets is down to two games.

They were sharp enough to build a couple of big leads and turn away the runs Philadelphia made, handing the 76ers their eighth straight road loss.

"After losing four straight, it's never a good feeling losing games, so tonight we came out with the intensity from the start that we needed," said Stoudemire, who was 9 of 10 from the field.

All-Star Jrue Holiday had 30 points, five rebounds and five assists for the 76ers, who have lost five straight overall. Evan Turner had 21 points and Thaddeus Young added 11 points and 10 rebounds after missing six games with a strained left hamstring.

Knicks coach Mike Woodson declined to make a lineup change, and it was Stoudemire and the reserves who helped New York take control early in the second quarter, and the starters who reopened a big lead to begin the third.

Philadelphia coach Doug Collins said the difference was the Knicks' fast starts to start the second and third quarters.

"Their bench came in and I told our guys it really hurt us. They went up 13-0, had a 13-0 run with Carmelo on the bench," Collins said. "Can't let that happen."

Raymond Felton finished with 14 points despite bruising his right heel and J.R. Smith also had 14 for the Knicks.

"This was a must-win because we felt things have just not been going our way for whatever reason," Knicks center Tyson Chandler said. "We had to get out of this slump."

Collins said he expected the Knicks to be "testy" and "edgy" and that was the case with about 7½ minutes left in the third quarter and the Knicks leading by 14. Anthony appeared to hit Spencer Hawes behind the head going for a rebound, and when they began to exchange words, Chandler rushed in and shoved Hawes back. Anthony ended up being assessed a flagrant foul, and Chandler and Hawes were whistled for technicals.

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