Originally posted on Buzz On Broad  |  Last updated 1/26/13
Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images Jrue Holiday totaled 35 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists in a 97-80 win against the division leading New York Knicks. The Philadelphia 76ers (18-25) dominated the Knicks (26-15) from start to finish. Holiday justified his All-Star selection by scoring a career high in points and not turning the ball over until the fourth quarter, when the game was out of reach. The Sixers did well defensively, holding the Knicks to 35% shooting, 4-27 from three, and forcing 16 turnovers. The Good – Sixers Shoot the Lights Out The Sixers aren’t exactly an offensive juggernaut. Tonight they shot 51% from the floor. They came out firing in the first quarter; they were even hotter in the third. With Jason Richardson out, Nick Young stepped up big. He scored 20 points on 12 field goal attempts. Prior to the game, Coach Doug Collins had some words about his team’s lack of aggressiveness. The Sixers attempted 22 free throws, up from their season average of 17.1. Swaggy P attempted eight of them.  The Great – Holiday! Holiday! Holiday! Jrue Holiday was the best player on the floor tonight. He outplayed fellow All-Stars Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler from the opening tip. He scored ten of his 35 points in the opening period by driving right past Raymond Felton, who returned tonight from a broken pinky. Holiday made Felton, Pablo Prigioni, and J.R. Smith look foolish tonight. He hit his jump shots, scored in the paint, and made great decisions throughout the night.  The Ugly – The Knicks, All of Them Okay, maybe not all of them. Amare Stoudemire was a force inside. He scored 20 points in 27 minutes of action. The rim had a lid on it for the rest of the Knicks. Tonight was a perfect example of what can happen if 32.7% of a team’s points come from three, the most of any team in the league. They finished 4-27 for the game. J.R. Smith was scoreless in 27 minutes. He went 0-8 from the field, including four 3-point attempts. The NBA coaches correctly left him off the All-Star roster, despite cries from others who wanted him in the game over Jrue. Anthony was abysmal from the perimeter. The Sixers didn’t do a good job boxing him out. He had five offensive rebounds, leading to four put backs and a foul for the Sixers. Raymond Felton looked chubby rusty. Remember when the Knicks decided not to re-sign Jeremy Lin and the media started ripping Felton for getting fat during the lockout? Felton was motivated by the criticism. He looked healthy in the beginning of the season and played quite well. When he broke his finger a few weeks ago, he must have thought it was a license to eat. He broke a finger, not a toe. I would not blame him if he shot poorly (he did), but there is no excuse for a professional athlete to have a lack of conditioning. Looking Ahead The Sixers’ face the Grizzlies on Monday, the second game of an eight game home stand. There are plenty of winnable games slated at the Wells Fargo Center (Wizards, Kings, Magic, and Bobcats). The Sixers should be proud of tonight’s performance.   Solomon Feraidoon is a Beat Writer covering the Philadelphia 76ers and Philadelphia sports for Buzz On Broad. Follow me on Twitter (@feraidoonPhilly) or LinkIn with me for updates on all things Philly sports!  
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