As Amare Stoudemire walked into the New York locker room with a towel over his shoulders, the coaching staff followed. When the door closed, one jubilant voice inside screamed: "How 'Bout Those Knicks!"
How about 'em, indeed.
Fueled by a dose of Linsanity and a timely coaching change, the Knicks are making a furious charge toward a division title. Knocking off a 76ers team in full swoon was the latest step.
Stoudemire had 21 points and nine rebounds to lead the Knicks to their fifth straight victory, 82-79, over fading Philadelphia on Wednesday night.
Jeremy Lin scored 16 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter and Carmelo Anthony had 10 to help the Knicks pull within three games of the Atlantic Division leader and clinch the head-to-head tiebreaker.
"It's been our goal," Anthony said. "That's never changed."
The game ended with thousands of New York fans chanting, "Let's go Knicks!" They had reason to celebrate after Stoudemire hit a pair of big buckets down the stretch to clinch the win. The Knicks scored fewer than 83 points in a win for the first time since Nov 14, 2005, against Utah (73-62).
Linsanity has turned into Winsanity as the Knicks are unbeaten since Mike D'Antoni stepped down exactly a week earlier.