That time may be now.
Smith was a major catalyst on this night.
Before the game, coach Mike Woodson said it was unclear if Smith would even play. He was benched for last Thursday's game against the Miami Heat and fined $50,000 by the league for attempting to untie opponents' shoelaces in two straight games.
Meanwhile, the Sixers' slide continued following their 4-1 road trip out West. They dropped their fourth consecutive game and fell to 12-25.
Guard Evan Turner had 12 while guard Michael Carter-Williams and guard Tony Wroten had 11 apiece for PHILADELPHIA, which struggled mightily on offense. The Sixers were just 5-for-19 from 3-point territory.
The Knicks led 84-68 after the third quarter and never looked back.
The Knicks erased an eight-point deficit and blitzed the Sixers 32-12 in the second quarter to take a 52-40 advantage into the locker room.
NOTES: The Knicks were banged up and played without Gs Pablo Prigioni (fractured right toe) and Beno Udrih (left knee) as well as Fs Tyson Chandler (upper respiratory infection) and Metta World Peace (left knee). ... The Sixers played without Fs Lavoy Allen (right calf) and Arnett Moultrie (left ankle). ... This was the first of four games between the Knicks and Sixers this season. ... The Sixers are 11-14 when G Michael Carter-Williams plays and 1-10 when the rookie is out of the lineup. ... Knicks coach Mike Woodson served as a 76ers assistant coach from 2001 to 2003.