-The 76ers strike first as Peekskill’s finest, Elton Brand (914 baby, Lou Panzanaro, Red Devils don’t sleep) connects on a turnaround J.
-Wedged in between another E. Brand jumper is a three-pointer from The Rooster, a portent of things to come tonight (Gallo ended up dropping a career-high 30, nailing 8-of-16 from the great beyond).
-Lou Williams carves up the teeth of the Knicks defense, soaring in for an uncontested layup. Gallo answers with another trey ball, and it’s knotted up at 8 with 8:42 remaining.
-Andre Igoudala and Chandler trade jumpers, with the Beastie Boys’ “Time To Get Ill” pumping from the speakers following Ill Will’s mid-range corner jay.
-Elton Brand gives Al Harrington a small poster, chokes the rim for good measure then yells at the ref for an answer. Moments later, 914’s illest gets called for steps and hits the ref with another stare down.
-Jared Jeffries collects a barrage of boos from the fans after firing up an ill-advised three and then committing a foul on the other end.
-The 76ers reel off an 8-2 run and southpaw combo forward Thaddeus Young pads the cushion with two free throws. It’s 20-10 Philly, and two more freebies from Young culminates a 12-2 surge.
-David Lee stops the bleeding with a traditional three-point play. It’s 22-13 Sixers, with around five minutes remaining in the first quarter.
-Lou Williams buries a trey from the corner while absorbing a foul from Nate. Wow! The Six-show just got a four-point play and now have a commanding lead on the Bockers.
-Larry Hughes didn’t leave the arena! Hughes, he of the tatted tears and feast-or-famine shooting antics, drains a corner jay to cut the Sixers lead to 10.
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The Knicks fail to withstand a run, but Nate Robinson thwarts the 76ers’ power surge by swooping in for a lay-in. With 1:56 to play in the first quarter, the Bockers trail 34-20.
Some scorching-hot chick dressed as wonder women breaks my concentration—a la Samuel L. Jackson’s burner in Pulp Fiction.
-$tarbury, Lloyd Banks, and Juelz are all in attendance. Does the sight of Marbury give D’Antoni one last wistful reminder of what could have been last season? If the speedball-preaching coach saw his reality show webisodes this summer, I would hope not. His off-the-wall antics didn’t sell a lot of people. If $tarbury gets questioned about his show’s bad reviews, the Brooklyn native would likely respond “It ain’t nothing but the devil.”
-In a wild sequence, Ill Will buries a three, Mo Speights takes advantage of a frozen-legged Darko Milicic (2 points, 2 rebounds in 14 minutes), tipping in a Jason Kapono miss, Al Harrington nets a trey but Iguodala scores two ticks before the buzzer. Quarter over. Sixers 40, Knicks 25.
-At the start of the second quarter, Darko tries to execute a mano y mano back to the bucket move…It’s not happening.
-Darko’s bounce pass is picked off by T. Young, who runs the floor and finds Royal Ivey for an easy layin. Sixers 42, Bockers 28, 9:55 remaining in the half.
-Back to back baskets by Al Bucketz Harrington (he ended up with 42 points on smoking 16-for-23 shooting, I gas you not) cuts Philly’s bulge to ten, triggering an Eddie Jordan timeout.
-Stat man blesses me with a numbers sheet. There have been four lead changes, two ties. The 76ers largest lead? 16. The Knicks’ largest lead? 1.
-Jay Kapono is rocking No.72. Is that unheard of for a 6-8 forward with a ratchet?
-With 6:56 remaining, I’m glad Hughes (18 points, 7-for-11 FG) stayed for the game. His mid-range jumper cuts the Philly lead. 46-39, Sixers.
-With 5:16 remaining, the Knicks’ kid dancers are grooving to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” while sporting Halloween masks. They are killing it. Long Live The King.
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-A Kapono 3, Brand jumper, and AI bucket inside makes for a nice 6-0 run. Ill Will foils the mini run with a trey, but the Sixers lead 61-40.
-Holy Sh*t! Dustin Hoffman receives a standing ovation from the sellout crowd of 19, 763 (yeah, right) after he busts out a Patrick Ewing Olympic warm-up uniform, as it appears on the big screen. You just can’t make this stuff up.
-Jared Jeffries is garbage. He’s just not getting it done tonight. After bricking a jumper, the mason man hears it from the crowd. Even the gothic, vampire freaks behind me let Jeffries have it.
-The Knicks trail, 70-51 as the first half comes to a close.
With 9:14 remaining in the third, Gallo drills another one from beyond the confines of the arc.
Is the World Series going to start? Enough with this rain, damnit.
Speaking of rain, the Knicks give the ball to the hot hand man, The Rooster, and he rewards them by raining another three, his fifth trifecta of the game.
-A motivational DEFENSE chant emerges from the speakers, as the 76ers score a bundle of unanswered points to take a commanding 83-63 edge.
-Speights unleashes a highlight reel banger. The kid from Florida’s rim-rattling flush exposes the Knicks’ dreadful, matador, and lackluster brand of D.
-The Knicks get a mini momentum surge as the third quarter comes winding down. Al Harrington’s reverse layup makes it 94-81.
Not so fast.
-Louis Williams walks through the defense for an easy bucket. Fitting, as fans walk towards the exit signs.
-Last night, Clyde Frazier talked about “the grandeur of the three-point shot.” We witnessed it again tonight, as Hughes, Gallinari, and Duhon all hit pivotal late-game treys.
-With 6:07 remaining in regulation, Hughes creates his own jay and buries it, instigating chants of “Defense!” The crowd now has a pulse. The Garden hasn’t been this loud since Spreewell was in uniform.
-The Knicks feed off the crowd’s energy, finally ratcheting up the defensive pressure. Galloween continues, as the Italian Stallion hits another three to cut into the 76ers’ edge.
Duhon’s strong take to the rack cuts the lead to 117-112 with 1:15 to go in regulation.
The Knicks won’t falter. Still trailing, Hughes completes a traditional three-point play and Al Harrington draws a foul on Samuel Dalembert—who has just fouled out—on his way to the cup. He sinks both freebies.
-The Garden crowd is on its feet and loving every ounce of Galloween. I’m shot, I need a coffee.
Knicks captain Chris Duhon explodes to the cup, knotting it up at 122. “Let’s Go Knicks!” chants erupt. We’re working overtime here on Galloween at the Garden.
-Buckets tallies his 39th point of All Hallow’s Eve on a layup to give the Knicks a 124-122 edge.
-Sandwiched in between a Harrington free throw (absorbing a foul from brand) and driving layup is a Lou Williams jumper. Williams, who finished with 27 behind Igoudala’s 32, now has 23 points on the night.
-With 3:30 remaining, Mo Speights draws Harrington’s final foul, relegating the 42-point proliferating pulverizer to the bench. Lee replaces him.
-Speights connects on both free throws, and Philly rips off a Garden-silencing 11-0 spurt to throw this one in the bag. They ended the game on a 15-0 run, wearing out the handcuffed Knicks. Not too shabby.
Final Score: Sixers 141, Knicks 127