The New York Knicks extended their win streak to five last night as they topped the Sixers in Philly, 97-92. With the win, the Knicks (40-38) move a half game in front of the Sixers (40-39). Carmelo Anthony led the way for the Knicks, scoring 31 points while collecting 11 rebounds. Elton Brand had a big game for the Sixers, chipping in 24 points and grabbing 9 rebounds. After blowing a 19-point third quarter lead, Toney Douglas bailed the Knicks out late, knocking down a go-ahead three-pointer with 1:47 to go and knocking down two free throws a minute later.

After Andre Iguodala hit a big three point to pull the Sixers within a point with 15 seconds to go, Anthony answered back with a three of his own, giving the Knicks a four-point advantage with 11 ticks to go.

The Sixers wrap up their regular season with three home games (Toronto, Orlando, and Detroit) while the Knicks go to New Jersey, Indiana, and Boston while hosting the Bulls one more time. Given that the Magic is locked into the fourth seed, the Sixers should win out. The Knicks should win three out of their last four games and hold the tie breaker advantage over the Sixers with a better conference record after splitting the season series.

As of today, the Boston Celtics are a half game ahead of the Miami Heat for second place in the Eastern Conference. The Chicago Bulls lead the Celtics by three games for first place.