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Sixers vs. Knicks Postgame Quotes: “It feels good. You put work into something, and it pays off.”

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NBA: New York Knicks at Philadelphia 76ers Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Brett Brown (PHI)

On Ben Simmons’ leadership…

He was the bell-ringer tonight. You could have gone a few places and thought there were some candidates that should warrant consideration, but I thought that Ben’s intensity, defensive intensity, was as good as it’s been. Him and his leadership, controlling the game and giving him the freedom to make play calls after the free throws, is a great example of what that looked like. I thought that he was outstanding with his presence and I really thought that he changed the whole landscape, especially in the second half.

On what he got from his bench…

We searched. I kept searching, trying to find something…I thought James Ennis came in and played well. He hit some big shots when we needed it. You end up going to a scoring point guard, like Trey Burke, and treat him like AI [Allen Iverson]. Letting him run off the ball, looping him up, giving him the ball in pick-and-rolls. I thought he was really good.

On seeing Mike Scott heat up late from three…

He’s sort of a silent assassin. He doesn’t say much. He keeps what he has inside a lot and he internalizes a lot of things, but he is tough. He really is built for this city. There is a physicality, an edge, that he has and to see him be rewarded for the work he puts in, making some timely threes. I’m very fond of him and I respect him. To see him come out and do what he did; I’m proud of him. He deserves it.

On Ben’s play…

If we are all honest, that is the first legitimate three that he has taken. He looked great. He’s 23 years old. He’s gone from a college four-man, to an NBA point guard, to an NBA All-Star and was rewarded with a significant contract. His progression has been pretty good, so this is a small step, but a step, towards the other pieces of his growth. What I liked most about him tonight, though, was his leadership with the ball. Talking, encouraging, getting Joel the ball. He’s growing as a point guard and that’s what I liked the most tonight.

He’s a 6-foot-10, strong tank. He can chest people and level them off so they can’t turn corners. He was the bell-ringer tonight and it didn’t take much to determine that for me.

On Al’s rough shooting night…

As good as he is and for as long as he’s played, what we all should be mindful of is just going back to the body of work that he has produced over a long period of time. He’s a hell of a shooter. In the moment, he’s struggling to make some shots, but the worm will turn. I don’t panic about that.

I love his veteran leadership. During timeouts and halftime, he has a presence. He’s intelligent. What comes out of his mouth to my young guys is fair enough. He’s been an incredibly important pickup for me and for our team and I don’t look very deeply into him missing some shots in November.

On the way Joel handled Marcus Morris’ Flagrant 1 foul…

There were a few things that I was happy about. He had the maturity to walk away. We’ve been talking so much lately about our fouls and our turnovers and it was one of our better nights in those areas. I love our 30 assists out of 39 made baskets. With all of those things, as the game was unfolding, I feel like we were doing ok. We were in a drought as they went on a 15-0 run to start the third period to go down 17. The confidence that we had, because we’ve done it before, we clawed out of that thing.

Ben Simmons (PHI)

On his role to raise the team’s energy when he can…

I wouldn’t say my role, it’s just how I am as a player. I hate losing, hearing our fans boo. That annoys me also, that fuels the fire. For me, I’m all about winning. However, I’ve got to get it done. I’m going to get it done.

On making his first career three-pointer…

You saw my reaction [laughter].

On if there was any relief to get the three-pointer out of the way…

It feels good. You put work into something, and it pays off.

On if he put it on himself to key tonight’s comeback…

Definitely. When Jo comes out, you lose a great defensive player. So, it’s definitely one of my responsibilities to get that energy back; make plays, get stops and call the right plays.

Joel Embiid (PHI)

On the team’s efforts to comeback in the fourth quarter…

Big time effort. We need that for 48 minutes, but that was good that we turned it up and we were able to put it together.

On Ben Simmons’ three-point shot in the first quarter…

I mean it’s normal. We need him to shoot and it was great to see him make it, take it, but most importantly make it. That was great. He’s going to need to keep getting better and make it happen, but it was great. I mean, it’s nothing special. We see it in practice. When he shoots alone, we see it every day and we see him make a lot, so it’s not surprising to me.

On the changes in the offense if Ben continues to shoot well…

Obviously, the spacing will be a little different. I told him yesterday to just be himself. Obviously, I’m extremely happy for him and extremely happy that he gets to do that and he actually made it, so it’s good to see. I’m sure he’s going to keep improving and get better.

David Fizdale (NYK)

On the lead his team had in the second half…

Our defense really picked up. We started turning them over, getting out in transition and we just kept making the right plays.

On defending three-point shooters…

For three quarters we really, really defended them well, but this is a team that you can say are contenders. You just can’t let off the gas for one second. They’ll really make you pay.

On Frank Ntilikina’s night…

We’ve gone through so much noise, he and I together, and I’m just so proud of him with the way he’s handled everything and now how he’s just not even thinking about it. I think you can see that he’s just out there playing and having fun. All of the team, we just have a lot of confidence in him.

Frank Ntilikina (NYK)

What was working best for them on their run…

Working the game, getting easy shots and taking what the defense gives to us. We felt more comfortable moving the ball and that’s the work that we’ve put in since training camp.

On what he can take out of tonight’s game…

That we can compete with any team in the league, although we have to work on our game and keep being consistent like that to give ourselves a chance to compete in those types of games. Very high intensity type of game, so, I mean, that’s good for us. There’s only improvement from here. We’re going to take that, watch the film and see what we did good and see what we need to improve on.

Marcus Morris Sr. (NYK)

On if he feels different playing in Philadelphia, his hometown…

Not at all, I could care less about playing at home. I’ve been playing here for awhile; this is my ninth year. My families here, and the time I’m in New York they come see me in New York. This doesn’t mean [much] to me, winning means more.

I love this reaction from Morris and I couldn’t help admiring his game while watching last night. He’s got such a well-rounded skill set, does a little bit of everything and does it with intensity. This guy would be beloved as a Sixer.