For as bad as the Philadelphia 76ers have been, the New York Knicks are even worse.
The Knicks, however, still appear to have some fight if their latest effort is any indication.
New York tries to build on its first win in over five weeks when these Eastern Conference bottom feeders meet in Philadelphia on Wednesday night.
The Knicks own the NBA’s worst record at 6-36 while the 76ers are 8-33 and tied with Minnesota for the league’s second-most defeats. New York and Philadelphia are the lowest-scoring teams with averages of 92.7 and 90.0, and both rank near the bottom defensively.
The Knicks finally had reason to celebrate after snapping a franchise-record 16-game losing streak with Monday’s 99-92 win over New Orleans. Carmelo Anthony had 24 points and nine rebounds to lead New York to its first victory since getting by Boston 101-95 on Dec. 12.
"It’s tough, man. It’s a tough situation. We’re human, so we’re going to feel it," said Anthony, whose team was outscored by an average of 14.9 points during the skid. "It’s definitely emotional when you’re losing games like that, but we’re sticking with it."
Undrafted rookie Langston Galloway added a season-high 21 points in his first game since signing a second 10-day contract. Louis Amundson started alongside Galloway and was also given a second 10-day deal Tuesday.
"It’s a tough situation to be in," said Amundson, with his 10th team in nine seasons. "I think there’s a bunch of great guys here, they’re all good-character guys and they want to win, they want to do the right things, play the right way, but when you lose that many games it’s hard, you kind of let that negativity creep in. So if I can be part of changing that, it’s great."
The Knicks took the first matchup against the 76ers 91-83 on Nov. 22 behind Anthony’s 25 points. New York has won three straight and 14 of 19 in the series while surrendering 93.6 points per game.
Philadelphia has dropped four of five after Monday’s 111-76 loss at Washington. Michael Carter-Williams finished with seven points while shooting 2 of 13 as the 76ers were held to 32.9 percent from the floor.
Philadelphia was outrebounded 53-30 and allowed the Wizards to shoot a season-high 55.6 percent.
"There were times when you looked out at (the Wizards), and you saw a bunch of men. … And there were times sitting on the bench where you realize the difference in experience and maturity," coach Brett Brown told the team’s official website. "It was one of those games where you stepped back and thought, `We really have a young team.’"
Carter-Williams had averaged 21.5 points on 50.7 percent shooting over the previous four games. He’s averaging 18.3 points, 10.5 boards and 6.8 assists in his last four against New York.
Tony Wroten, leading Philadelphia with 16.9 points per game, is unlikely to be available after missing the last four with a sprained right knee.
The 76ers have won three of five at home after opening 0-14 there. The Knicks are 5-1 in their last six visits to Philadelphia.