NEW YORK (AP) Joel Embiid had 29 points and 10 rebounds, Ben Simmons finished with a triple-double, and the Philadelphia 76ers used a big final period to rally past the New York Knicks, 118-110 on Thursday night.
The Sixers, who hold the sixth spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race, trailed by as many as 13 points in the third quarter before storming back in the final period, going on a 20-6 run during the last five minutes of regulation.
Simmons finished with 13 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds.
Dario Saric had 21 points and 12 boards, JJ Redick added 18 points and Robert Covington chipped in 15 for Philadelphia, which was able to rebound from a tough loss Tuesday night to the Indiana Pacers, who currently own the fourth seed in the East. << Read more
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You never once felt comfortable that the Knicks would hold on to this lead against a playoff team in the 76ers. It was amazing to see them not get outscored in the third quarter. Instead, they replaced an awful third quarter with an awful fourth quarter, where they were outscored 35-19 to finish with an eight-point loss.
That makes it nine straight losses, 21 games under .500, and under .500 for the first time at home since the start of the season at 0-2. Operation tank is in full effect. With the Bulls' win over the Grizzlies, the Knicks now are the eighth worst team in the NBA as they try and creep closer to the first pick in the NBA Draft. The worse they are, the higher percentage they will have that the balls fall in their favor in the lottery.
Knicks fans will gladly take moving up a spot in the draft lottery. The question mark tonight was why the heck Courtney Lee played 37 minutes and Frank Ntilikina played just 13. The Knicks are going to have a tough decision to make in the offseason. They will likely need to find someone to trade Lee to, and figure out what to do with the trio of Ntilikina, Emmanuel Mudiay, and Trey Burke. There are a lot of guys on the depth chart, but not enough consistent production at all.
Not playing the young guys is only making the question marks more difficult to answer. It's also confusing seeing Lee play 37 minutes one night and 13 another night. Jeff Hornacek is struggling as much as his team is.