Philadelphia 76ers defeat New York Knicks, 106-96

The names changed, 10 in all to be exact, but the result was eerily similar to so many losses from the Knicks' not-so-distant past: defensive breakdowns, poor execution and too many 3-point shots led to an improbable loss to a vulnerable opponent.

The Knicks sure know how to spoil a good week, don't they?

With a chance to improve their record to two games above .500, the Knicks managed to lose to a Philadelphia team that was missing its best player, Andre Iguodala, a...

When the latest Knick collapse was complete Sunday, Doug Collins saw his new boss, Sixers chairman Ed Snider, and pure instinct took over. Collins ran over and hugged Snider on the Garden court, as if the Sixers had just advanced to the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.

It wasn't quite that big of a deal, of course, but that's typical Doug Collins.

No one brings more passion to the game on a nightly basis.

It's his greatest strength ... and biggest ...