Ben Simmons Drops Near-Triple-Double as 76ers Beat Kevin Knox, Knicks

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JANUARY 13: Ben Simmons #25 of the Philadelphia 76ers reacts after making a slam dunk during the second quarter of the game against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on January 13, 2019 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

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The Philadelphia 76ers avoided their first three-game losing streak of the season Sunday, beating the New York Knicks 108-105. 

Ben Simmons was an absolute beast, leading the way for Philadelphia (28-16) with 20 points, 21 rebounds and nine assists, while Joel Embiid (26 points, eight rebounds), JJ Redick (22 points) and Jimmy Butler (16 points, eight rbounds) all had nice games for Philly.

It wasn’t always pretty for the Sixers, who blew a 16-point halftime lead and and nearly blew another lead late in the game. Emmanuel Mudiay’s desperation heave at the buzzer after the Knicks gathered the rebound on a Damyean Dotson missed free throw would have tied the game but came up short.

Rookie Kevin Knox continued to show his upside in the loss, leading the way for the Knicks with 31 points, seven rebounds and two steals.

For a Sixers team that came into the contest fresh off losses to the Washington Wizards and Atlanta Hawks, both games they would have expected to win, Sunday’s victory was important. And after giving up 123 points in each of those losses, the defensive intensity was ramped up against New York, another positive sign for a Sixers team that has regressed on that side of the floor since a season ago. 

The Knicks, meanwhile, have now lost four straight games and 19 of their last 22, tying them for the second-worst record (10-33) in the NBA with the Chicago Bulls.

             

What’s Next?

The Sixers host the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. ET, while the Knicks next host the Wizards on Thursday night at 3 p.m. ET.

             

This article will be updated to provide more information on this story as it becomes available.

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via Bleacher Report – NBA http://bit.ly/2gMI6gF

January 13, 2019 at 12:41PM

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