76ers es­cape with win over Knicks

The Times Herald (Norristown, PA) - - SPORTS -

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 of­fen­sive re­bound at the end of the game that led to JJ’s 3, I thought

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