PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- T.J. McConnell hit a baseline jumper at the buzzer to give the Philadelphia 76ers a 98-97 victory over the New York Knicks on Wednesday night.
Joel Embiid had 21 points and 14 rebounds, and Ersan Ilyasova added 16 points to help the Sixers rally from a 17-point deficit.
Derrick Rose returned from a one-game hiatus and scored 25 points for the Knicks. Carmelo Anthony had 28. >> Read more
- Early on, the Knicks could have been given a lot of credit. From the way they came out with Derrick Rose leading the charge, this team looked like one that not only needed a win, but wanted it just as badly. Rose was taking advantage of a weakly reacting defense and getting to the hoop with ease. Following his highest scoring first quarter of the season, he was clearly having his way. Rose attacked as though he knew what was at stake: pride and, arguably, his team's sanity.
- Carmelo Anthony followed Rose's example and put the scoring burden on himself each and every time the 76ers closed the gap in concerning fashion. The ability to score in bunches and seemingly take control of a game like that is a huge reason why the Knicks pay Anthony. Unfortunately, his killer instinct only lasted so long. It wore off in the final quarter.
- As desperate as New York was for a victory, déjà vu set in once again. Yet another flourishing NBA big man scorched the Knicks, as Joel Embiid took over in the late goings of the fourth quarter. Dominant centers have left Joakim Noah exposed this season and this case was no different. The Knicks were pumped up with the victory within grasp, but it was easy to see their energy and body language quickly shift as Philadelphia began surging back. They were deflated, and the disarray on the final possession and subsequent game-winner proved just that. That dagger may serve as the proverbial nail in the coffin to the Knicks' season.