It was another Knicks loss, and yet another night where Tim Hardaway Jr. couldn't find his shooting stroke.
Hardaway has struggled with his jumpshot recently, and it didn't get any better against the Sixers Monday night. He went 4-for-16 from the field, including an awful 0-for-8 from beyond the arc. Hardaway has particularily struggled from three, going 5-for-44 from that range over the last seven games.
His shooting woes came to a boiling point in the locker room after the game.
"I wish I could make a [expletive] shot," Hardaway told Newsday's Al Iannazzonne. "I am frustrated. You can't keep on letting it go. It's too many games in a row now. I've got to figure it out.
"My teammates are doing a great job of encouraging me every step of the way. I'm not going to lie and sit here and laugh about it. It's frustrating."
The Knicks have been reeling even before Kristaps Porzingis' season-ending ACL injury, which will hopefully be repaired Tuesday in surgery. The Sixers were the latest to exploit New York's struggles, and their production came from the least-likely player to do so out of their young, talented core.
T.J McConnell, who is listed as the shortest Sixers player at 6-foot-2, came off the bench and recorded a triple-double (10 points, 11 assists, 10 rebounds) on his way to hearing the Wells Fargo Arena screaming his name to end the night.
Hardaway wasn't pleased with that either.
"It's not only about my shot," he said. "It's about other stuff that is involved in the game, whether it's us getting a stop that's much needed or them going on their run towards the end of the third or T.J. McConnell coming in and getting a triple-double. That can't happen.
"He's been playing great all season and just him being able to come in here and affect the game like he does, we should take a page out of his book. He does a great job of playing hard each and every possession. you've got to respect that."
The reason McConnell had such a great game can be directly pointed at the trouble the Knicks' point guards are having. Jarrett Jack, Frank Ntilikina, and Emmanuel Mudiay couldn't lead the team's offense, or stop McConnell from doing damage.
"He got up on our point guards and we weren't able to handle that," head coach Jeff Hornacek said. "He got steals. He put pressure. It took us to 13 [on the shot clock] to get into any sort of play. That was disruptive. You got to be able to blow by that guy. We walked it up the court and let him use that pressure."
In turn, the Knicks' point guards couldn't muster any offense as Mudiay finished with only seven points and two assists in his second contest with the team, while Ntilikina was held scoreless in 21 minutes.
Michael Beasley led the Knicks with 22 points, while Enes Kanter managed another double-double with 17 points and 13 boards. But with Dario Saric netting 24, Joel Embiid tallying 17, and Ben Simmons notching 13 with six assists, it wasn't enough to get a desperate win on the road.
Unfortunately for the Knicks, there appears to be no hope in sight as the team was falling drastically even before Porzingis got hurt. Hornacek knows that his team can't just show up in their jerseys and step on the court. There needs to be a lot more coming from them each night with their best player watching for the rest of the season.
"It's going to be tough for us without KP," Hornacek said. "It was tough when he was there. Guys have to step up. We have to be tougher and scrap harder. We can't just go out there and play."
The Knicks are now 7-24 on the road this season, while losing their seventh straight game.