NEW YORK, N.Y. - One strong defensive quarter helped the New York Knicks end a seven-game skid.New York held Denver to just one basket in the second quarter en route to a 109-93 victory over the Nuggets on Sunday.The Nuggets missed their first 15 shots of the period before Ty Lawsons layup at the buzzer ended the nearly 13-minute drought. New York outscored Denver 31-8 in the quarter to blow it open.I thought probably defensively that was the difference in that quarter, Fisher said.We scored 31 points in the first quarter as well even though it may not have looked as pretty as it did in the second quarter but someway we found a way to hold them to eight points and I thought that was the difference in the game.Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith, whove had their shares of moments grasping the concepts of a new offensive system, each scored 28 points to lead New York. But the Knicks first win since Nov. 2 against Charlotte boiled down to their defensive effort in the second quarter, which gave them a 62-39 lead heading into the second half.I thought in that second quarter we played great defence, buckling down, keeping them out of transition. It led to our offensive end, said Anthony, who made 10 of 14 shots from the field. Once we got stops on the defensive end, we felt confident enough to go down there and make some shots and run our offence and do what we had to do.Arron Afflalo had 18 points and Ty Lawson added 17 points and nine assists for the Nuggets, whove lost seven of their last eight games. Kenneth Faried chipped in 16 points.Afflalo, who hit 4 of 5 3-pointers and scored 13 points in the first 12 minutes of the game, had never experienced a slide like the one Denver went through in the second quarter.I noticed that we only had scored six points pretty much that whole quarter and I knew we hadnt made a few free throws, but I didnt recognize the fact that we hadnt been able to score the ball from the field, Afflalo said.Samuel Dalembert had eight points and eight rebounds for New York.Trailing by as many as 25 points after Anthonys shot made it 79-54 for the Knicks with 5:36 left in the quarter, Denver went on a 25-10 run, capped by Nate Robinsons three-point play that made it 89-80 with 8:55 in the final quarter.But New York pulled away for good with a 13-3 spurt of its own. Amare Stoudemires three-point play made it 92-80. After a free thrown by Denvers Alonzo Gee, Smith scored four straight points and Anthony hit a 3-pointer that extended New Yorks lead, 99-82 with 5:50 remaining. Lawson then added a free throw before Smith answered with a shot beyond the arc that made it 102-83 with 3:58 left.The Nuggets started out with a good rhythm in the opening quarter, hitting 6 of 9 3-pointers, but then hit their scoring drought, which started after Darrell Arthur hit a 20-footer with 50.2 seconds left that gave Denver its last lead 31-29 of the game.I thought we started out the game getting what we wanted, but it was an exchange, we were scoring, they were scoring, Denver coach Brian Shaw said. In the second quarter we were tentative offensively and we had a long drought with no penetration, turnovers missed free throws and they slowly continued to score.TIP-INSNuggets: Denver took advantage of the Knicks defence, which entered the game having given up an NBA-worst 42 per cent beyond the arc, by hitting 6 of 9 3-pointers in the first quarter.Knicks: Smith started in place of shooting guard Iman Shumpert, who sat out after suffering a right hip contusion Friday night. He made 10 of 16 from the field, including a pair of 3-pointers and hit six free throws.QUICK RESTStoudemire, who had played in each of New Yorks first nine games, was back in the lineup after sitting out Friday nights loss to Utah. He scored nine points and grabbed six rebounds in 20 minutes.OFFENSIVE FUTILITYThe one basket in the second quarter wasnt the worst ever for a team as a few teams have gone a whole period without a hoop. 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If Philadelphia can pick up a win tonight, the clubs will have a short turnaround for Game 7, which is scheduled for Wednesday night in New York. After losing Sunday afternoon in Manhattan, Philadelphia has lost 10 of its last 11 visits to Madison Square Garden. The Rangers jumped out to a 3-0 lead over the Flyers in Sundays Game 5 at Madison Square Garden and then held on for a 4-2 decision. Marc Staal opened the scoring with 8:07 left in the first stanza, while Brad Richards and Dominic Moore each netted second-period goals to hand New York a 3-0 cushion. Moore added an assist on Brian Boyles empty-net score in the final seconds that sealed the victory and put the Flyers on the brink of elimination. "Its frustrating," Flyers forward Scott Hartnell said of the loss. "Youre always playing catch-up. You make it a lot harder on yourself. Youre skating that much harder to get on pucks, to create turnovers, to get chances, instead of playing comfortable. Its a lot easier when youve got a lead." Henrik Lundqvist came up with 24 saves for New York, which bounced back from a 2-1 Game 4 loss in which Flyers netminder Steve Mason turned in a stellar 37- save effort.dddddddddddd "I thought we played a really good game, good energy," said Lundqvist. "Looking back at the game in Philly (on Friday), we did a lot of good things as well. The difference is today we scored a couple goals and that brings a lot of confidence to the group. Its easy to play patient and not overdo a lot of things." Mason managed just 18 stops on Sunday and Philadelphia wasnt able to maintain its momentum from Fridays win despite captain Claude Giroux and veteran Vincent Lecavalier recording their first goals of the these playoffs. "This series is definitely not over," Mason said. "Were looking forward to going home and having a big game there and bringing it back here for Game 7." The Flyers are 7-10 all-time in series when trailing 3-2. New York is 13-2 in playoff series in which it held a lead of three games to two. The Rangers have lost 11 straight playoff games when holding a series lead. Philadelphia defenseman Hal Gill saw his first action of the 2014 postseason Sunday, filling in for the injured Nicklas Grossman, who hurt his right knee in Game 4. Gill was a minus-2 in just over 12 minutes of ice time in Game 5. Grossmann is expected to miss Game 6, but Erik Gustafsson will fill in for the injured blueliner on Tuesday instead of Gill. The 25-year-old Gustafsson had two goals and eight assists in 31 games this season and has one goal and one assist over seven career playoff tilts. J.T. Miller, New Yorks first-round pick in the 2011 draft, made his playoff debut on Sunday. The 21-year-old forward contributed a point to the winning effort. 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