Maurice Ndour ensured the Knicks ended the 2016-17 season on a winning note. After trailing by seven points with 4:37 remaining in the fourth quarter, New York put together a 9-2 run to tie the game at 104-104 as Justin Holiday connected on three free throws. Philadelphia looked poised to take the win when Nik Stauskas buried a triple with 31 seconds on the game clock to give his squad a slight 113-112 edge. Ndour answered the call by knocking down a 15-foot step-back jumper to provide the Knicks with a 114-113 lead. The Sixers failed to execute on the other side of the floor and New York notched the season finale win at MSG. Philadelphia’s Justin Anderson posted a game-high 26 points, Alex Poythress scored 18, and the road team shot 50.5 percent from the floor in the defeat.
Knick of the Night:
Holiday poured in 14 of his team-high 20 points in the second half, including some clutch buckets to push the Knicks over the Sixers on Wednesday night. He drilled 6-of-10 shots from the floor, 6-of-7 at the stripe, and five rebounds in 20 minutes of game action.
Carmelo Anthony returned the floor after a two-game absence to score 17 points in 23 minutes, Marshall Plumlee grabbed 11 rebounds, and Sasha Vujacic dished out six assists in the win.
News and Notes:
Kristaps Porzingis (sore back), and Lance Thomas (hip) were unavailable for tonight’s contest.
New York shot 51.3 percent from the floor, 40.9 percent behind the arc, and attempted 32 free throws. Additionally, the home squad outrebounded Philadelphia 42-38 and registered 20 second chance points.
The Knicks concluded the 2016-17 regular season. Stay tuned to Knicks.com for offseason features throughout the summer.
by Jonah Ballow