Raymond Felton's return made the Knicks as close to whole as they had been all season. Getting him back to run the point was supposed to heal their ills.

Instead, as the Knicks hit their official season 41-game midpoint, they never looked less like a championship contender than they did in Saturday night's 97-80 blowout loss to the middling 76ers.

"Across the board, we were awful, coaches and everybody,'' coach Mike Woodson said. "We didn't have any effort tonight. It started from the beginning. We didn't come to compete tonight. It was kind of disappointing. That's just not us.''

The Knicks, who fell to 26-15, have two All-Stars, but the only All-Star on the floor who looked the part was Sixers point guard Jrue Holiday, who ripped through the heart of their defense and rang up a career-best 35 points.

"He dominated the whole game,'' Woodson said.

The Knicks shot 34.6 percent, including going 4-for-27 from 3-point land, looking as cracked as the Liberty Bell. Carmelo Anthony finished with 25 points, but shot just 9-for-28 from the field.

"We just didn't have it,'' said Anthony, who went 0-for-6 on 3-pointers. "I couldn't throw a rock into the ocean today. We couldn't score.''

Felton was 2-of-8 for eight points and three assists in his first game back from a broken right pinkie that forced him to miss a month. J.R. Smith was a scoreless disaster, going 0-for-8 in 27 minutes. Iman Shumpert, in his fourth game back, went 0-for-6. Felton, Smith, Shumpert (1 point) and a scoreless Jason Kidd combined for nine points.

"My frustration was high,'' said Smith, who recently talked about being an All-Star candidate. "I couldn't do anything out there. Maybe I'm thinking too much.''

The Knicks feasted on Philly cheesesteaks in the locker room after the game like the Sixers (18-25) feasted on them. Still playing without center Andrew Bynum, the Sixers went up 29 points late in the third quarter.