76ers hand Knicks 8th loss in row at Gar­den

19 de­feats in last 22 af­ter Mu­diay’s miss at buzzer

Hartford Courant - - Sports - By As­so­ci­ated Press

NEW YORK — Ben Sim­mons fell an as­sist short of a triple-dou­ble with 20 points and 22 re­bounds, Joel Em­biid scored 26 points and the Philadel­phia 76ers es­caped with a 108-105 vic­tory over the New York Knicks on Sun­day at Madi­son Square Gar­den.

NewYork’s Em­manuel Mu­diay missed a po­ten­tial ty­ing 3-pointer at the buzzer that would have sent the game into over­time.

Rookie Kevin Knox scored 31 points for the the Knicks, who have lost four straight and 19 of their last 22.

The Knicks have lost eight straight at Madi­son Square Gar­den. Their last home win was Dec. 1 over Mil­wau­kee.

JJ Red­dick had 22 points for the 76ers, who ended a two-game skid.

Philadel­phia sur­vived a scare af­ter lead­ing by as many as 24 points late in sec­ond quar­ter be­fore New York charged back with a strong third pe­riod and closed the gap to 83-82 with 11 sec­onds left af­ter Luke Kor­net’s jumper.

The 76ers re­cov­ered to start the fourth quar­ter and went on an 11-0 run capped by Jimmy But­ler’s driv­ing layup that ex­tended the lead to 94-82 with 6:22 left.

Em­biid hit a free throw that ex­tended Philadel­phia’s lead to 108-103 with 9.3 sec­onds to go but then made the mis­take of foul­ing New York’s Damyean Dot­son on a 3-point at­tempt.

Dot­son hit 2 of 3 free throws, cut­ting the deficit to 108-105. Mu­diay grabbed the re­bound and ran be­hind the 3-point line be­fore his last-sec­ond heave fell short.

It was Philadel­phia’s sev­enth straight win over the Knicks.

C Em­biid played 32 min­utes in his re­turn to the start­ing lineup af­ter miss­ing Fri­day night’s home loss to At­lanta.

Em­biid, who suf­fered a sore left an­kle Wed­nes­day night at Washington, had eight re­bounds and blocked six shots.

Knicks guard Tim Har­d­away Jr., who in­jured his left ham­string dur­ing Fri­day night’s loss, did not play. Cen­ter Enes Kan­ter was also held out be­cause of what coach David Fiz­dale de­scribed as “flu-like symp­toms.”

Knicks G Frank Nti­lik­ina played 28 min­utes af­ter miss­ing his pre­vi­ous three games be­cause of a sprained left an­kle. He had eight points and six as­sists.

With the 76ers lead­ing by 18 points late in the first quar­ter and again in the sec­ond pe­riod, Philadel­phia fans vis­it­ing Madi­son Square Gar­den broke into an “E-A-G-LE-S Ea­gles!” chant in sup­port of the NFL’s de­fend­ing cham­pion Philadel­phia Ea­gles, who played later Sun­day in a di­vi­sional round play­off game at New Or­leans.

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76ers: Host the Min­nesota Tim­ber­wolves on Tues­day night.

Knicks: Will play the NBA’s ninth reg­u­lar sea­son game in Lon­don when they face the Washington Wizards on Thurs­day. It is New York’s third game in Eng­land.

SETH WENIG/AP

Knicks rookie Kevin Knox drives to the bas­ket against the 76ers on Sun­day at Madi­son Square Gar­den. Knox scored 31 points in the Knicks’ loss.

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