NEW YORK -- Here we go again.
The New York Knicks lost 110-106 to the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night to drop their fifth straight game. They are 0-3 on their current eight-game homestand, a record that will lead to more public speculation about coach Mike Woodson’s job status.
Woodson was on the hot seat earlier this season during New York’s nine-game losing streak. James Dolan issued two separate votes of confidence for Woodson.
The Knicks seemed to turn the corner after the second one, winning five in a row earlier this month. But things have fallen apart since then. The Knicks are 15-27 and have lost at home to the rival Nets and Sixers over the past two games.
One reason Dolan gave Woodson the vote of confidence earlier this season was because the owner thought he had the confidence of the locker room. With star players such as Tyson Chandler now openly questioning Woodson, there is reason to wonder if Woodson still has the confidence of his players.
Late collapse: The Knicks took a five-point lead with nine minutes to play on Tim Hardaway Jr.’s and-1 layup. But they went without a field goal for the next five minutes, and Philadelphia took advantage.
The Knicks shot just 8-for-22 in the fourth and walked off the floor to boos from the fraction of the home crowd that stayed until the buzzer.
Turner led Philly with 34 points. Thaddeus Young added 19, including a big 3 with 1:47 left to give the Sixers a five-point lead.
Slow start: The Knicks showed a lack of energy early on, falling behind by as many as 10 in the first quarter to a Philly team that had lost its past four road games by an average of 17 points.
At one point in the second quarter, New York grabbed 10 consecutive rebounds on the offensive glass. The Knicks defense once again was a step slow, allowing Philly to hit 52 percent in the first half. The Sixers knocked down six of nine shots from beyond the arc.
Carmelo Anthony had just one point but added three assists in the first quarter. He finished with 28 points on 10-for-23 shooting. Iman Shumpert had 19 points on 5-for-9 shooting, and Tyson Chandler had 10 points and 14 boards.
Big game for Bargnani: The Knicks rode big man Andrea Bargnani in the first three quarters. Bargnani had 18 points on 6-for-11 shooting in the first three quarters. He also had four turnovers. Woodson went away from Bargnani in the fourth, playing him just three minutes. Bargnani started the game as part of Woodson’s return to the “big” starting lineup.
New York got just 20 points from the bench. J.R. Smith had 14 on 5-for-16 shooting.
What’s next: The Knicks will take on the Charlotte Bobcats on Friday at Madison Square Garden.
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