PHI 105, NYK 102: Sixers Edge Knicks in Another Hard-Fought Battle
The highly competitive season series between the two teams added another thrilling chapter to the story on Friday night in Philly. New York jumped out to a 35-29 first quarter lead after a prolific start to the contest just two days after knocking off the Magic. The scrappy Sixers team fought back in the second frame by outscoring the road squad 34-18 to take a lead to the locker room at the half. The Knicks returned fire in the third period with a 28-16 advantage and 81-79 lead heading into the final
stanza. Both teams exchanged leads throughout the fourth quarter before a couple of crucial plays down the stretch. Derrick Rose blasted through the lane to hit a driving layup and give New York a 102-101 lead before Justin Anderson hit a bucket in the paint to shift back the momentum to Philadelphia, 103-102. With 15.7 seconds on the game clock, Lance Thomas knocked the ball off of Robert Convington to provide daylight for the Knicks, trailing 103-102. Carmelo Anthony’s 14-foot fading jumper just missed, Dario Saric nailed two free throws, and Courtney Lee missed a 3-point attempt to tie the game at the buzzer. Saric led the young Philadelphia group with 21 points, 10 rebounds, and four assists. The Sixers snatched the home win, 105-102 and gained the series lead 2-1 with one more game set for the season finale.
Knick of the Night:
Lance Thomas was all over the floor tonight. He stepped into the starting lineup once again with Willy Hernangomez on the bench and registered a team-high 41 minutes of court time. Thomas posted a team-high 21 points on 50 percent shooting from the floor to go along with seven boards.
Rose finished with 20 points, Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis combined for 36 points, and Lee dropped 16 in the defeat.
News and Notes:
Hernangomez was sidelined tonight due to a sprained ankle. Joakim Noah did not travel on the two-game road trip (knee).
Philadelphia outscored New York in the paint (46-36) and in second chance points (21-8).
The Knicks concluded the two-game road trip in Philadelphia and will head back to New York for a day to recover before facing the best team in the league on Sunday. The Warriors make their lone trip to MSG on Sunday afternoon at 3:30 PM on ABC.
by Jonah Ballow