Maybe the Knicks won’t ever lose under Mike Woodson. At the very least, they are now in position to make a run at first place in the Atlantic Division, something that seemed virtually impossible just 10 days ago.

The Knicks continue to do very important things under Woodson; defend and win. The two have a way of going hand in hand.

With Jeremy Lin scoring 16 fourth quarter points, including eight free throws in the last 63 seconds to salvage an awful shooting night, the Knicks defeated the Sixers 82-79 to move to within three games of the first place Philadelphia with 19 games left.

Amar’e Stoudemire added 21 with 9 rebounds as the Knicks improved to 5-0 under Woodson and 23-24 overall. The Sixers are 26-21 but Wednesday night’s loss gives the Knicks the season series in case of a tie.

“How can I not be happy,” Woodson said. “We’ve won (five) straight. Guys seem to be happy. They’re working at what we’ve asked them to do on the floor and it’s nice to see.”

Carmelo Anthony scored 10 points on 5-for-15 shooting but it was his assist on a Stoudemire dunk that gave the Knicks the lead for good with eight minutes left.

Lin went 10-for-10 from the foul line in the fourth quarter. He finished with 18 points after going 1-for-11 in the first three quarters.


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