The Knicks really had to stomp the Sixers. The Knicks stomped the Sixers. They didn't play *well*, but they played actively enough that Philadelphia couldn't creep up on them. Carmelo Anthony had some early trouble scoring, so he served as space-maker for Arron Afflalo. Kristaps Porzingis looked comfortable against every Sixer who guarded him, and a balanced, un-terrible performance from the bench protected the lead from Philadelphia.
Let's look at some things! Mostly Kristaps! Tonight's oh-my-god-he-can-do-that-too thing of the night was Porzingis's passing. He threw some loooovely dishes out of the post ...
If Kristaps is gonna pass like this, I really don’t know….. https://t.co/x8HjuZZb12— Daniel (@benchwarmerdan) December 3, 2015
... and even found Jose Calderon cutting backdoor at one point. I just realized I forgot to record this game and thus can't rewind to find the stuff I liked immediately, so here, just watch Kristaps torch Nerlens Noel and dunk over and over again:
Worldstar yams vs 76ers https://t.co/IsnWeCoaA0— vineydelnegro (@vineydelnegro) December 3, 2015
... and finally finish one of those backdoor alley-oops with a flush:
... and here's a bonus garbage time block by Jerian Grant, who looked very, very sharp in the game-clinching third quarter:
The Knicks did what they were supposed to. I'm glad they did, because I was a bit nervous. Osborn has your recap later!