"It's part of basketball, part of the game. It gets like that sometimes," Hawes said. "I think it was a physical game. I think they were letting some stuff go early, it usually precludes incidents like that."
The 76ers rallied a bit afterward, getting within 76-67 at the end of three, but then Stoudemire scored the first four of the final quarter and Philadelphia didn't really get close again until the final minutes.
The 76ers have lost 17 of their last 20 road games and haven't won away from home since beating the Lakers on New Year's Day. The eight-game skid is their longest since also dropping eight in a row from Nov. 10 to Dec. 3, 2010.
The Knicks led 24-22 after one, then opened the second with a 17-2 run to build a 41-24 lead on Pablo Prigioni's free throws with 7:15 remaining in the quarter. New York was ahead 52-40 at halftime behind 18 points from Anthony and 11 more from Stoudemire on 5-of-6 shooting.
NOTES: Kenyon Martin didn't play in his first game since signing a 10-day contract Saturday. Though he hasn't played since finishing last season with the Los Angeles Clippers, Martin said he has kept himself in good shape and would find ways to produce until he got back into good basketball condition. "Sometimes it's mind over matter, will over situation," he said. Martin has played with a number of Knicks on other teams and his locker is next to Jason Kidd, his teammate on two NBA Finals teams in New Jersey in 2002-03. A former No. 1 pick in the draft, Martin said it was "humbling" to now be on a 10-day contract, adding he was "mad, sad, upset, confused," when he couldn't get a job after last season. But he downplayed his age on the oldest team in NBA history, saying "35, I'm young around here." The Knicks have five older players. ... The Sixers, who lost to Miami on Saturday, fell to 2-11 on the second night of back-to-back games.