David Lee’s Late Layup Lifts Knicks Over 76ers 93-92


January 13, 2010

PHILADELPHIA — David Lee scored 24 points and hit the game-winning layup with 13.3 seconds remaining, Wilson Chandler added 18 points and the New York Knicks salvaged the finale of a three-game trip with a 93-92 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night.

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scored 17 points, Jared Jeffries added 15 and Danilo Gallinari 12 for the Knicks (16-22), who snapped a two-game losing streak. The Knicks also ended a nine-game skid in Philadelphia, dating to Dec. 17, 2004.

Allen Iverson scored 16 points, Rodney Carney added 13 and Samuel Dalembert had 12 and a season-high 21 rebounds for the Sixers (12-26), who had won two straight and their previous six meetings with New York.

Dalembert played with a heavy heart in the aftermath of Tuesday's earthquake which devastated his home country of Haiti and left thousands dead. Dalembert, who was born in Port-au-Prince in 1980 and lived there until he was 14 before moving to Montreal, was still trying to gather information on family members still living in Haiti before Wednesday's game.

While his father and one sister had contacted him, a number of other relatives and friends were still unaccounted for as he prepared to play.

Thaddeus Young also chipped in with 11 points for the Sixers, and Marreese Speights had 10 in the final 8:40, his only playing time all night.

A driving layup by Speights gave the Sixers a 90-86 lead with 1:30 remaining. But Chandler responded with a three-point play, and Lee hit a baseline jumper from 12 feet to push the Knicks ahead 91-90 with 43.4 seconds left.

After Speights knocked in a difficult layup off the glass, Lee provided the game-winner with a layup on an assist from Chris Duhon.

Carney missed a 3-pointer as time expired.

The Knicks hit nine of their first 10 shots but eventually cooled off, trailing 48-47 at halftime.

Dalembert had 10 points and 11 rebounds in the first half alone for the 76ers.

The Sixers held a moment of silence before the game out of respect for Dalembert. … Lee started for New York despite the death of his grandfather, E. Desmond Lee, who was 92 when he passed on Tuesday night. … The Knicks committed only three turnovers in the first half. … The Sixers outrebounded New York 54-37.

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