With a 131-109 final score, we saw some extended garbage time in this one. The Knicks kept it close for a half and trailed by only eight points at the break. But by the third quarter, the Sixers stepped on the gas and left New York in their dust. For Philly, it’s their sixth win in a row against the Knicks dating back to last season. They lead the season series, 2-0.
Jimmy Butler played a hyper efficient game, recording 20 points and 4 assists on just 9 shots. The Sixers only had 10 turnovers. Their season low for that category is 9, something they achieved against Miami and Brooklyn.
Joel Embiid was dominant and finished with 24 points and 10 rebounds, as he commanded double teams and dream shook his way into layups. He also played bully ball against whoever he faced, including Noah Vonleh, Enes Kanter, and Luke Kornet.
Ben Simmons recorded his 4th triple-double of the season, filling up the stat sheet. He is second in the NBA only to Russell Westbrook in that category.
Landry Shamet had a career-high 17 points and the Sixers shot 53 percent from the field, while holding New York to 43 percent. JJ Redick reached a milestone, surpassing 10,000 career points tonight. He drew some praise from his teammates.
The Knicks’ young players like Kevin Knox played well. He finished with 21 points and 6 rebounds. Despite dealing with Plantar Fasciitis, Tim Hardaway Jr. delivered a game-high 27 points.
The Sixers dominated the glass and hit a whopping 50% of their 3-point attempts. They won the transition game and the battle in the paint.
Philly will now have a couple well-earned days off before hosting the Eastern Conference powerhouse Toronto Raptors on Saturday. They’re a half game ahead of Indiana for the 3- seed and have a 1.5-game lead over Boston for the 4-seed, since the Celtics lost to Phoenix at home this evening. The division rival also lost Aron Baynes to a hand injury. He’ll miss extended time.