Six­ers edge Knicks

Em­biid, Sim­mons lift Philadel­phia to vic­tory

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NEW YORK — Ben Sim­mons backed up his tough talk with a big day.

Sim­mons had 20 points, 22 re­bounds and nine as­sists, and the Philadel­phia 76ers beat the New York Knicks 108- 105 on Sun­day.

Joel Em­biid scored 26 points for the Six­ers, who were com­ing off a 123- 121 home loss against At­lanta on Fri­day night. JJ Redick added 22 points, and Jimmy But­ler fin­ished with 16.

Sim­mons called his team “too soft” after the loss to the lowly Hawks. He an­swered his own chal­lenge with a pair of big plays late in the fourth quar­ter against New York.

The Knicks pulled within two on rookie Kevin Knox’s 3- pointer with 3: 02 left, but Sim­mons pulled down an of­fen­sive re­bound and fed Redick for a key jumper.

A de­fen­sive re­bound for Sim­mons set up Redick’s two foul shots with 20 sec­onds left, lift­ing Philadel­phia to a 106- 98 lead.

“I thought es­pe­cially the of­fen- sive re­bound at the end of the game that led to JJ’s 3, I thought that was the game,” Six­ers coach Brett Brown said. “They made it close at the end, but I thought his over­all per­for­mance was dom­i­nant.”

New York’s Em­manuel Mu­diay missed a po­ten­tial game- ty­ing 3- pointer at the buzzer.

Knox had ca­reer- high 31 points for the Knicks, who have lost four straight and 19- of- 22. Luke Kor­net had a ca­reer- best 23 points.

At 19 years, 155 days, Knox be­came the sixth- youngest player in NBA his­tory to score 30 points in a game, join­ing Kobe Bryant, Devin Booker, Jaren Jack­son Jr., Kevin Du­rant and LeBron James.

“Those are some leg­endary play­ers,” Knox said. “There’s a lot of other play­ers on that list, but it just shows the work ( I’m) putting in is pay­ing off. Those are some great guys ( to share) com­pany with.”

New York trailed by as many as 24 points in the sec­ond quar­ter, but closed to 83- 82 on Kor­net’s bas­ket with 11 sec­onds left in the third.

The 76ers re­sponded in the fourth, be­gin­ning the quar­ter with an 11- 0 run. Sim­mons capped the spurt by find­ing a driv­ing But­ler for a layup that made it 94- 82 with 6: 22 left.

“We have to lock down on de­fense and of­fen­sively take care of the ball,” Sim­mons said. “I think that’s re­ally it. Ev­ery­body needs to be locked in.”


Five of the Six­ers’ next six games are against teams com­pet­ing for a play­off spot. They host Min­nesota on Tues­day night, and then visit In­di­ana on Thurs­day. They play Ok­la­homa City, Hous­ton and San An­to­nio dur­ing a t hree- g ame home­s­tand be­gin­ning Satur­day against the Thun­der.

“I’m ex­cited,” Em­biid said. “We’re go­ing to see how good we are and how good we can be­come or how bad we are. The next three weeks are go­ing to shape our sea­son.”

Bucks 133, Hawks 114

AT­LANTA — Gian­nis An­te­tok­oun­mpo scored 33 points, Eric Bled­soe added 24 points and 10 as­sists, and the Mil­wau­kee Bucks beat the Hawks in Mike Bu­den­holzer’s re­turn to At­lanta.

Khris Mid­dle­ton fin­ished with 17 points and 11 re­bounds to help the Bucks im­prove to 30- 12, sec­ond- best in the NBA.

Rap­tors 140 Wizards 138

WASH­ING­TON — Serge Ibaka hit a 3- pointer with 15 sec­onds left in the sec­ond over­time, and the Toronto Rap­tors sur­vived to earn their fifth straight win, de­feat­ing the Wash­ing­ton Wizards.

Kawhi Leonard had 41 points and 11 re­bounds to pace Toronto, which led 51- 28 with four min­utes to play in the sec­ond quar­ter and 96- 79 with 57 sec­onds to play in the third.

Bradley Beal had his sec­ond triple- dou­ble of the sea­son, col­lect­ing sea­son highs of 43 points and 15 as­sists along with 10 re­bounds.

War­riors 119 Mav­er­icks 114

DAL­LAS — Stephen Curry scored 48 points, mak­ing 11 3- point­ers, and the Golden State War­riors held off the Dal­las Mav­er­icks.

Kevin Du­rant added 28 points and Klay Thomp­son had nine of his 16 in the fourth quar­ter.

Curry’s 11th 3- pointer — ty­ing a sea­son high — gave the War­riors a 117- 114 lead.

Magic 116 Rock­ets 109

OR­LANDO, Fla. — Nikola Vuce­vic and Aaron Gor­don each scored 22 points and Or­lando took ad­van­tage of James Har­den’s aw­ful 3- point shoot­ing to beat Hous­ton.

Har­den scored 38 points to push his run of 30- point games to 16, but was 1- of- 17 from 3- point range and 11- of32 over­all from the field. He made 15- of- 16 free throws and had 12 as­sists and nine re­bounds.

Evan Fournier and Ter­rence Ross each had 17 points for Or­lando. The Magic were com­ing off a 105- 103 home vic­tory over Bos­ton on Satur­day night.

As­so­ci­ated press

The Philadel­phia 76ers’ Ben Sim­mons re­acts after dunk­ing dur­ing Sun­day’s game against the New York Knicks. Sim­mons had 20 points and 22 re­bounds in the Six­ers’ 108- 105 vic­tory.

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