Thomas celebrated the passing of another uneventful trading
deadline -- at least for him -- by scoring 21 points on 10-for-11
shooting to lead the New York Knicks past the Philadelphia 76ers
113-101 Thursday night.
"I haven't been moved yet, so I might end up finishing my
career here," said Thomas, whose name was mentioned most
frequently in pre-deadline trade speculation.
Thomas also grabbed 12 rebounds, and Tim Thomas shot 10-for-14
and scored 27 points for New York.
Philadelphia, which had only eight players in uniform -- none of
them named Chris Webber -- was led by Allen Iverson's 29 points.
Webber, acquired late Wednesday night from Sacramento, will make
his Philadelphia debut Saturday against his old team, the Kings. He
did not travel with the Sixers.
The Knicks outscored Philadelphia 32-22 in the fourth quarter to
secure the win. Tim Thomas had 14 points in the final period, going
3-for-3 on 3-pointers, while Kurt Thomas had 12 on 6-for-6
"If we play (power forward and center), it's going to be hell
on people because we're such good shooters," Tim Thomas said.
"It's going to force guys that aren't used to coming out of the
paint to have to come out and try and contain us."
Philadelphia, which needed to have eight players in uniform,
brought journeyman Jason Lawson to New York in case an extra body
was necessary. But Rodney Rogers -- acquired from New Orleans
earlier in the day in a three-player trade -- flew to New York
aboard Hornets owner George Shinn's private jet and arrived at the
arena less than an hour before tipoff, prompting the Sixers to send
Rogers scored just six points in 20 minutes, and he missed a
3-pointer and a layup on Philadelphia's first two possessions of
the fourth quarter as the Knicks opened the period with an 8-0 run
to take an 89-79 lead.
Philadelphia closed within five before Kurt Thomas hit a pair of
corner jumpers, making him 9-for-10 from the field and giving the
Knicks a nine-point lead with 6:30 left. Tim Thomas added three
3-pointers over the final 4:20.
"I don't care who is on our basketball team," 76ers coach Jim
O'Brien said. "Our team has to make a decision, at some point and
time, that we are going to pay the price and be a good defensive
"You defend, you win. If you don't, you lose," O'Brien said.
Kurt Thomas started at center and is expected to man that
position for the remainder of the regular season.
He spoke with Isiah Thomas on the telephone after the 3 p.m.
trade deadline passed, and the Knicks' president reminded him he
kept his word by not dealing him away.
"I hear (trade rumors) every year," Kurt Thomas said.
"Wouldn't you be interested in what I do out there?"
Five members of the International Olympic Committee's
selection delegation, who finished a four-day inspection visit to
New York earlier in the day, sat front and center on celebrity row
-- the best seats in the house. One of the delegates held his hands
out when the Knicks' dancers were throwing T-shirts into the stands
during the fourth quarter, but he didn't get the freebie. ...
Despite their shortage of big men and bodies, the Knicks did not
use 7-foot-2 center Bruno Sundov.