Both were needed this time around, especially with Lin having a miserable first three quarters. He missed 10 of his first 11 shots and had only two assists — one on a long pass to a streaking Anthony for a thunderous dunk.
Lin wasn't the only scorer who couldn't buy a bucket. Iguodala, who averages 12.2 points, didn't score his first field goal until there was 45 seconds left in the first half. He scored 13 points.
Of course, Linsanity is so 15 minutes ago now that Tebowmania headlines New York.
"I'm just excited for him and to see what he does," Lin said after the Jets acquired Tim Tebow. "We'll see what happens next year. But I'm excited, obviously, that he's going to be in New York."
The Sixers missed their first 14 shots — Spencer Hawes even fired an airball on the 10th attempt — and committed five turnovers in the first quarter.
"Never seen anything like that before. 0-14?" Brand said.
The only part more amazing than their futility from the court was that they only trailed by eight points.
The Knicks did their part at the end.
"We're building, we're getting better, we're feeling more confident," Lin said. "We're creating a team identity."
Notes: Knicks G Baron Davis returned after sitting out two games with a strained right hamstring. "I want to make myself available," he said. ... Knicks F Jared Jeffries left in the fourth quarter with a sore right knee. ... Flyers Scott Hartnell and Wayne Simmonds sat courtside. Hartnell tossed shirts into the crowd. ... The Sixers are 6-12 after a 20-9 start.
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