The New York Knicks and Philadelphia 76ers, both amid dismal seasons, tend to bring out the best in each other.
They meet for the third time this year on Friday in Philadelphia, after seeing their two earlier games come down to the wire.
The Sixers (22-38) prevailed 98-97 on Jan. 11, on a jumper at the buzzer by second-year point guard T.J. McConnell, while the Knicks (25-36) outlasted Philadelphia 110-109 on Carmelo Anthony's jumper with 0.3 of a second left on Feb. 25.
The Knicks won for the second time in three games Wednesday night in Orlando, 101-90, as Kristaps Porzingis scored 20 points after missing the two previous games with a sprained right ankle. Derrick Rose added 19, and Anthony contributed 17 points and nine rebounds for the Knicks, who kept their flickering playoff hopes alive.
With 21 games left, the Knicks are four out of the Eastern Conference's eighth and final postseason spot.
"Anything can happen," Anthony told the New York Daily News. "We're still playing for something. We have the mindset to make something happen." >> Read more
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