How It Happened:
The Knicks and Sixers are engaged in a back-and-forth battle that featured 18 lead changes on Christmas Day. Down the stretch, New York closed the gap to just two points with 4:53 remaining in the contest. Philadelphia quickly answered as Joel Embiid knocked down free throws and then Ben Simmons raced out on the break to complete a fast break jam. Roughly three minutes later with just three seconds on the game clock, Embiid drilled a corner long bomb to extend the Sixers advantage to eight points. A late 3-pointer from Courtney Lee was not enough as the home team ran out of time in the first meeting between the two teams. Philadelphia snapped a five-game skid with the 105-98 victory and New York dropped to 17-16 on the season.
Knick of the Night:
Enes Kanter was a beast on Sunday afternoon. The Knicks center recorded season-highs in points and rebounds while attempting to lead his squad to a Christmas win. In 35 minutes of court time, Kanter posted 31 points on 57 percent shooting from the floor and he hauled down a jaw-dropping 22 boards (11 offensive).
Kristaps Porzingis scored 22 points, tallied seven rebounds, and swatted a game-high five shots. Lee finished 20 points and Michael Beasley registered 10 off the pine.
Both teams combined to shoot 58 free throws in today’s contest.
The Knicks will hit the road tomorrow for a three-game trip that begins in Chicago on Wednesday night. Watch all the action on MSG Network at 8 PM.