November 8 Philadelphia Inquirer:
NEW YORK – Concealing emotion would have been useless.
At the final buzzer of Sunday afternoon’s 106-96 victory over the New York Knicks, 76ers coach Doug Collins smiled broadly before walking to shake the hand of Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni.
For the Sixers this season, wins have been as slippery as a sweaty basketball, repeatedly passing through their hands.
So when his team finally produced a winning effort – chasing three-point shooters off the line, creating turnovers, and dogging pick-and-rolls – Collins had little use for stoicism.
The Sixers improved to 2-5. The Knicks, led by Amar’e Stoudemire’s 21 points and 15 rebounds, dropped to 3-3.
The Sixers now embark on a weeklong road trip, with four difficult games against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Dallas Mavericks, San Antonio Spurs, and Cleveland Cavaliers.
In a cramped hallway at Madison Square Garden, Collins expounded on how much good one victory can do.
“It was good to see these guys feel good about themselves,” he said. “They really felt good about winning on the road.”
The win came without Andre Iguodala, who wore a suit and sat near the coaches, looking more like a sixth assistant than the team’s starting swingman. Sidelined with tendinitis in his right Achilles tendon, he is listed as day-to-day.
In his absence, Collins started rookie Evan Turner.
“I just think they rose,” Collins said. “We’ve played without Andre some stretches this year, and our guys have gotten in there and played very, very well. That is encouraging.”
Turner finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds, while point guard Jrue Holiday and combo guard Lou Williams scored 19 points apiece and power forward Elton Brand scored 20.
But the difference came on defense. In the final 6 minutes, 46 seconds of the game, the Sixers allowed the Knicks only four points. Meanwhile, the Sixers scored 16 points and silenced the crowd.
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