If the 76ers were to score 100 points or more against the Knicks in Philadelphia on Saturday night, everyone in attendance would get a free Big Mac. The Sixers fell three points short of that, but it was more than enough to defeat the New York Knicks by a final score of 97-80.
The Knicks couldn’t get anything going on the offensive end last night. They took too many bad shots, ball movement wasn’t great, but most importantly, they couldn’t hit when they did get some open looks. How bad were they? J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert, and Jason Kidd shot a combined 0/17 with 1 point the entire night. As a team the Knicks shot 34.6% from the floor, including 14.8% on 27 shots from behind the arc. Amar’e Stoudemire was the only silver lining for the Knickerbockers, as he had 20 points on 8/13 shooting. He looked great in the post, showing off some new moves he picked up during the offseason, and really seems to be getting in rhythm offensively and defensively.
Jrue Holiday abused the Knicks all night long, as he put up a career-high 35 points, along with 6 assists and 5 rebounds. He couldn’t be stopped by the Knicks defense at all, with a hand in his face or not. He was locked in, and combined with the Knicks seemingly locked out, Holiday put up a true all-star performance shortly after being selected to the All-Star team. The Sixers overall as a team looked really good, and they’re going to be very scary down the stretch, with Andrew Bynum still to return. If they make it into the playoffs, watch out. They have the makings of being a cinderella team.
I was fortunate enough to attend this game in Philly last night. It was my first time at the Wells Fargo Center, and I have to say that overall, I was pretty impressed. The first thing that I liked was that it was very easily accessible off the highway, and parking was easier than any stadium I’ve been at. Parking lots surrounded the arena, and were all extremely close to the doors (no more than a 3 minute walk from any parking spot in sight). Additionally, it was only $15 dollars to park at the arena. Maybe I’m just used to the overpriced New York venue parking, but it felt like Christmas seeing that price.
Concession prices were average, about 8 bucks for a domestic beer and 5 bucks for a hot dog. We sat in one of the higher up seats in the arena, and in the corner, and they were really great seats. There wasn’t a bad seat in the house, the arena was very clean and the staff was friendly. There was less leg room than most places at the seats, but that’s just being picky. Overall I really like the Wells Fargo Center and would definitely go back for a game in the future.
On a side note, I found Geno’s to have the best cheesesteaks out of the four places I tried in Philly (I also had Pat’s, Tony Luke’s and Jim’s, and enjoyed them in that order), but they were all phenomenal.