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Final: 76ers 97, Knicks 81

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Nuts to winning.

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A brief highlight from the last two evenings of Knicks basketball:

Following Tuesday's win against the defending-champion San Antonio Spurs, the KnicksTank looked to be besieged from all sides. Generals from Minnesota and Philadelphia approached Commander Derek Fisher, asking him to surrender last place in the NBA.

Fisher's reply? "Nuts."

The Battered Bastards of the 5 Boroughs came through yet another test in fine style on Friday night, falling 97-81 to the Philadelphia 76ers. Alexey Shved Shvedded his little heart out to the tune of a career-high 25 points (7-8 from three!) to go along with six rebounds and three assists. The Knicks could do nothing to defend Nerlens Noel, because of course.

New acquisition Ricky Ledo didn't get into the game, which was the only real disappointment on the night.

The Knicks are now three games clear of Philly in the all-important win column, and the upcoming schedule looks to be much more difficult:

I doubt the Knicks go 0-7, but it doesn't hurt to dream, right? Stingy's on recap duty for tonight -- until then, feel free to watch college basketball and dream of a brighter future.