NBA: Knicks beat 76ers for 5th straight win under Mike Woodson

Posted Mar 22, 2012 by Layne Weiss
With 21 points and nine rebounds, Amare Stoudemire led the New York Knicks to a 82-79 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers Wednesday night.
Jeremy Lin  a point guard for the Knicks  shooting against the L.A. Lakers on Feb. 10  2012
Jeremy Lin, a point guard for the Knicks, shooting against the L.A. Lakers on Feb. 10, 2012
Jeremy Lin had 18 points and and Carmelo Anthony had 10.
The 76ers' highest scorers were Elton Brand with 12 points and 12 rebounds, and Jrue Holiday with 16 points.
While the game took place in Philadelphia, many Knicks fans were there to cheer and celebrate when Amare shot a pair of baskets to clinch the win, The Wall Street Journal reports.
"From a leadership standpoint, I was very vocal and leading by example," Stoudemire said. "Tonight, the magnitude of this game, I was really able to get my point across and play well."
Tonight's game was Baron Davis' first since injuring his hamstring. He and Jeremy Lin had a rough start, but it was the Knicks' nearly impeccable defense that really helped them secure this win. The 76ers didn't score for first 5 minutes and 41 seconds of the game, the New York Times reports.
The 76ers did make a comeback. A dunk from Thaddeus Young and a 3-pointer from Andre Iguodala gave them a 49-48 lead in the 3rd quarter.
The Sixers ended the 3rd quarter with a 59-58 lead, but their surge wasn't enough. They beat the Knicks 10 days prior. It seems that Wednesday was the Knicks chance for revenge, and they seized it.
Mike Woodson was extremely proud of his team and their victory.
"I learned that our guys are not going to buckle," Woodson said. "They're going to continue to stay strong and keep pushing. I honestly believe they think they can win every game now."
Jeremy Lin echoed his new coach's sentiments.
"We're building, we're getting better, we're feeling more confident," Lin said. "We're creating a team identity."
Each team had the support of an A-lister. The 76ers had co-owner Will Smith rooting for them, while the Knicks had Spike Lee.