Amar’e Stoudemire added 23 points, J.R. Smith 22 and Carmelo Anthony 20 as the Knicks won their fourth game in a row.
Michael Carter-Williams recorded a triple-double with 23 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists, while Tony Wroten also had 23 points for the struggling 76ers.
The Knicks, who trailed by 12 points in the first quarter, took their biggest lead of the game, 110-89, on the fourth of Hardaway Jr’s five 3-pointers with 7:37 left and never led by less than 12 the rest of the way.
WARRIORS: Stephen Curry says his strained right quadriceps is slowly getting better and he is expected to start for the Golden State Warriors against the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night.
Curry only participated in the walkthrough portion of Monday’s practice. He says the pain in his leg is tolerable and he believes he can continue to play while the muscle heals without doing further damage.
The All-Star point guard injured his quad during Golden State’s win at Boston on Wednesday and began to feel pain again during Friday’s victory over Atlanta. An MRI on Saturday revealed the strain.
NETS: Kevin Garnett was scratched from Brooklyn’s lineup for its game against the Toronto Raptors.
Garnett was expected to start after missing the previous five games because of back spasms. Instead, rookie center Mason Plumlee was on the floor for the start of Monday night’s game.
CAVALIERS: Rookie forward Anthony Bennett is expected to miss at least three weeks with a strained left knee.
The No. 1 overall pick in last year’s draft, Bennett underwent an MRI on Sunday that showed an injury to his left patellar tendon. Bennett played eight minutes in Saturday’s home loss to the New York Knicks.
The Cavs will likely take a cautious approach with Bennett, and it’s possible he could be done for the year.
His injury is the latest setback in what has been a disappointing first season for Bennett, averaging only 4.1 points and 2.9 rebounds in 13 minutes per game.
Also, Cavaliers All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving was sick and missed practice Monday.
NBADL EXPANDS: The NBA Development League has added a team in the New York suburb of White Plains that will be owned and operated by the Knicks.