The New York Knicks face the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday at 7 p.m. at Wells Fargo Center. Kristaps Porzingis will start at center with Willy Hernangomez (ankle) out.
According to STATS:
- Both games between in this series this season have been one-point contests decided by a game-winning shot in the final :01; T.J. McConnell hit a jumper at the buzzer in the 76ers' 98-97 win and Carmelo Anthony drained a shot with 0.3 left in New York's 110-109 victory. Since at least 2002-03, no teams have played three straight one-point games against each other in the same season with the game-winning shot coming in the final :01 of the contest.
- With their victory over the Magic on Wednesday, the Knicks improved to 9-2 this season when holding their opponent to fewer than 100 points.
- With their loss to Miami on Wednesday, the 76ers have now dropped their last 11 games played in the month of March. They won just one game in March last season (1-14, .067).
- Kristaps Porzingis had 20 points in Wednesday's win over the Magic. It was his 21st game this season with 20 or more points (11-10); he had 14 20+ point performances as a rookie (4-10).
- Robert Covington went 3-for-8 from behind the three-point arc in Wednesday's game against the Heat. It was his seventh consecutive game with 2+ three-pointers, which is the third-longest streak of his career (he has had two separate nine-game streaks).
- Dario Saric averaged 17.0 points per game in February after putting up 9.9 PPG through the end of January. Only Frank Kaminsky (+8.2) had a bigger increase in scoring average than Saric (+7.1) (minimum played in 75% of Team G pre-February & in February). Saric had 10 points against the Heat on Wednesday to open the month of March.