Sixers Vs. Knicks: Advanced Box Score

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The Knicks won three of the four factors sans turnover rate, which is one of the main reasons the Sixers were able to hang around until the very end.

The stat that I was stunned to see is that the Sixers attempted more shots at the basket than the Knicks. While watching the game it seemed like the Sixers settled for a lot of unnecessary jumpers and contrarily every Knicks shot (outside of Melo's "hero shots") came at the rim. That was not the case. The Sixers attempted 20 shots at the rim – converting 13 – while the Knicks only attempted 15.

If there's a stat in particular you can point at as the main culprit of the Sixers loss you can look at assist rate. The Sixers came into the game as one of the highest-ranked teams in terms of assists per game. Last night they were held to 10, which shows there was too much one-on-one going on.

Or you can look at bench points. The Night Shift came into the game averaging 45 points per game, compared to 19 for the Knicks bench. Last night the Sixers were held to 30 – thanks to only two from Louis Williams – while the Knicks scored 21. A nine point bench advantage isn't the normal 26 point differential between the teams' benches.

-- Advanced Box Score

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