Knicks Douglas Continues Surge As Starting Point Guard in Knicks Win Over Sixers

Published on: 20th March, 2010

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Knicks Douglas Continues Surge As Starting Point Guard in Knicks Win Over Sixers

TARRYTOWN,NY - AUGUST 9: Toney Douglas #23 of the New York Knicks poses during the 2009 NBA rookie portrait shoot at the MSG training facility August 9, 2009 in Tarrytown, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2009 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Toney Douglas  | read this item

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New York – The rookie guard, Toney Douglas scored 14 of his 22 points in the the fourth quarter to lead the Knicks tonight to a 92-88 home win over the almost as hapless Philadelphia 76ers.  

Playing without their leading scorer and rebounder, David Lee, who was sitting out with patella tendonitis in his right knee, Wilson Chandler, who has a sore groin, Eddie House, who’s out with a sore Achilles tendon, and without Jonathan Bender, who suffered a fractured fourth metacarpal in his left hand in the second quarter, the Knicks  were decidedly short-handed tonight. But, they used performances from players like Danilo Gallinari (25 points) and recent pickups, Bill Walker (15 points) and J.R. Giddens (career highs 10 points and 9 rebounds) to stay close all night and then, to come back from a nine point fourth quarter deficit, mostly behind the hot shooting of Douglas, who ripped off 13 straight points in that final quarter.

“It feels good we got the win,” Douglas said. “I was kind of in and out after foul trouble issues earlier. I just wanted to be aggressive when I got back on the court in the fourth quarter. I wanted to win this game so bad.”

Starting the fourth with the Sixers leading in a low-scoring game, 64-63, the Sixers increased their lead to nine with 8:37 to go in the game. J.R. Giddens provided a little spark by scoring four consecutive points on two free throws and a put-back rebound, bringing the Knicks within five at 76-71.

Then, Douglas went into his hero act, almost singlehandedly as he decided to take matters into his own hands. From the 5:56 mark in the fourth quarter to the 56 second mark, Douglas scored all of the Knicks points, 13 in a row. He started with a three-point shot to give the Knicks the lead by one, 79-78. After Elton Brand put the Sixers back up by one on a 14 foot jump shot, Douglas hit another three, hit both ends of a two-shot foul, stole a pass from Sixer rookie point guard Jrue Holiday and took it down the floor for a layup to complete his consecutive point streak as he put the home team up by three, 89-86.

For good measure, with 43 seconds left and the Knicks leading by three, Douglas made another steal leading to Bill Walker (15 points) hitting two free throws to make it, 91-86.

“He was terrific. Mostly defense is heart and brains, and he has both. A good combo and he’s quick,” Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni said. “The biggest thing is he wants to do it. When you put you mind to it like he does and he’s always ready, good things happen.”

When Lou Williams scored on an uncontested layup to make it a three-point game again, Douglas got a rebound off of an Andre Iguodala jumper and dribbled around till he was fouled, hitting one foul shot to put the Knicks up by four points with just 1.4 seconds left, not enough time for the Sixers to come back.

The comeback had the Garden crowd rocking. They outscored the Sixers 25-12 in the final 8:26.

Douglas outplayed the Sixers’ Jrue Holiday, their own number one draft choice point guard, outscoring him 22 to 17.

The Knicks outrebounded the Sixers, 52-37 despite not having Lee or Wilson Chandler available.

Al Harrington picked up the rebounding slack with a double-double, 11 points and 13 rebounds.

Gallinari sparked a second quarter run. He showed something he hadn’t in awhile….the urge to get to the basket. It allowed him to get fouled a lot and get to the line, shooting a career-high 11 free throws of a career-high 14 attempts from the charity stripe. More importantly, his drives forced the players guarding him back on their heels, allowing him ample space to get off his jump shot. He led the Knicks in scoring for the 10th time this season and added seven rebounds in his 44 minutes.

Knicks have won three of their past four.

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