Phi 22 18 27 26 93
NYK 24 28 24 23 99
Date of game: 2/24/2013

Recap: New York vs. Philadelphia

New York, NY (Sports Network) - Entering play Sunday, the sputtering New York Knicks saw their huge lead in the Atlantic Division shrink to one game.

A date with the slumping Philadelphia 76ers at Madison Square Garden helped New York establish at least some momentum going forward.

Carmelo Anthony had 29 points in the Knicks' 99-93 win over the 76ers.

The Knicks built a four-game advantage in the division earlier this month over the Brooklyn Nets, but New York saw its gap dissipate to one as it came into Sunday's tilt on a four-game skid.

Also prior to the tilt, the squad fell a game behind the Central Division- leading Indiana Pacers, who routed New York 125-91 on Wednesday, for the second spot in the Eastern Conference.

Amare Stoudemire added 22 points in the triumph for New York.

Jrue Holiday netted 30 points and Evan Turner finished with 21 points, eight assists and six rebounds for the Sixers, who have dropped a season-high five consecutive contests.

The home team built a 17-point, second-quarter cushion Sunday and cruised the rest of the way.

After the Knicks led 24-22 after a period of play, they began the second frame on a 17-2 surge. Stoudemire had six points during the bulge and New York built a 41-24 edge near the midway point of the stanza.

The Knicks took a 52-40 margin into the break. Philly cut the deficit to 76-67 after three, but didn't get within five until the contest was already decided in the final minute.

Game Notes

Thaddeus Young returned from a six-game absence due to a hamstring strain and registered 11 points, 10 boards and four steals for the Sixers ... The Knicks prevented their first five-game slide since a six-game stretch from March 4-12.

Illinois State rallies into FCS title game

If ever there was doubt about the Missouri Valley Football Conference being the top conference in the FCS, Illinois State provided a reminder on Saturday.

Patriots WR Edelman inactive

The New England Patriots will be without wide receiver Julian Edelman for today's AFC East contest against the New York Jets.

Giants acquire McGehee from Marlins

The San Francisco Giants have acquired infielder Casey McGehee from the Miami Marlins in exchange for minor league pitchers Kendry Flores and Luis Castillo.

Anthony to play in Knicks-Suns tilt

New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony will play in Saturday's game against the Phoenix Suns after sitting out the team's previous outing due to soreness in his left knee.

Vancouver's Hansen collapses on bench

Vancouver Canucks forward Jannik Hansen collapsed on the bench during the second period of Saturday's game against the Calgary Flames and had to be helped to the locker room.

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