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Sixers vs. Knicks Postgame Quotes: “He’s just becoming consistently reliable on a bunch of things.”

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Philadelphia 76ers

Brett Brown

On Al Horford and Tobias Harris tonight…

Those two were excellent tonight and we needed it all. After a disappointing team performance [at Cleveland], that they would wish they could have back, for them and us to come out the way that those two did was a great sign and it doesn’t surprise me.

Al with some timely threes, Tobias kind of grabbing the game at the end with a bucket and a great pass to Shake [Milton] in the corner. Those two players, after last night, good for them. They are good people and they work hard, and it doesn’t surprise me.

On the trust that he has in Shake Milton

What a fantastic story of late. It’s getting to the stage where the unique performances, performances that catch your eye have become more and more frequent. To knock out a back-to-back is even more impressive. He’s just becoming consistently reliable on a bunch of things. The statistics we’re all going to see, but defensively, watch him sit in a stance and watch him follow a game plan. He’s deceptively long and I think he’s improved tremendously defensively. The statistics, making shots and being our point guard. At this stage, if everybody is looking for a tournament, he’s winning it. He’s the starting point guard. The rest of it falls into place with some other ballhandlers that are more than capable. Shake has been a needed surprise late.

On what it says about Kyle O’Quinn, being productive on both nights…

I think that Kyle comes in and I see him just work with the low-minute group. We had a day off on Sunday and I was in the gym with my son and I come and he’s doing 17’s. It’s side-to-side sprints to see if you can get 17 touches in a minute. That’s a common basketball conditioning drill. I just come in the gym and there he is, doing his 17’s, sweating and getting his shots. He’s good people, he’s a locker room favorite, he’s funny and he’s a good man. He actually has a great sense of humor. To see him come in and provide that physical punch after the work that he has put in, I respect him and I appreciate him as a team member on this team.

Tobias Harris

On whether he’s felt the offense more simplified…

It’s been a little bit more simplified. Obviously, when you have a guy like Ben [Simmons] out, who dictates the pace of the game and a guy like JoJo [Embiid] who’s out, who gets a lot of post-ups. With those two out, we have to find our identity of how we’re going to play. You saw tonight we had a lot of wide open looks out of initial pin-down action. Either that’s between Al [Horford] and JRich [Josh Richardson] or Al and Furk [Korkmaz]. We got a lot of easy ones going and we were just able to go out on different mismatches that we felt. We are simplifying it a little bit more to just figure out each other’s spots out there.

On what’s impressed him the most about Shake’s contribution to the game/team…

Just his fearlessness on the floor. Shake is a really good player, but he has the confidence in himself and in his game to go out night after night and play. He goes out there, he plays, he makes shots. He’s improved his three-point shot, so anytime that we see him open we try to give him the ball. He’s been shooting it really well. He puts in a lot of work and he works really hard. I’m happy for him and every time he gets an opportunity, he takes advantage of it. Tonight, he was huge for us.

On the scrutiny he’s received after signing a big money contract and how he plays…

There’s obviously outside noise that comes involved with that. I always look at it like, the only noise that really carries weight for me is noise in our locker room and with the guys on our team, and the coaching staff. I truly believe that you can ask every single one of them in the locker room the value that I bring to this team, on and off the floor, and they will vouch for that. That’s the credibility I go with. There’s obviously noise, but the only noise that matters to me is from my teammates, from my coaching staff and from myself, really. I try to do my job on a daily basis and be a professional every day and continue to work.

Al Horford

On how he viewed this game tonight…

It was very important. We didn’t play how we needed to play against Cleveland. It doesn’t matter what their record is, we have to come out and set the tone and I think Tobias, from the beginning, did that and took off from there.

On shooting multiple threes tonight…

It was definitely nice. I continue to work every day on those shots and I stay ready. It definitely felt good.

On his nine assists tonight…

It comes with getting more touches and being able to make more plays. Obviously, now that we have Ben and Joel out, the team needs me to do more of that and just being in those positions, you make plays and that’s what I’m trying to do.

Shake Milton

On the key for him tonight…

I think just trying to stay aggressive. We knew that this is a game of runs and we knew that they were going to make a hit. We just had to be ready to withstand it and Tobias and Al stepped up in huge ways. They were able to lead us to a victory.

On being the starting point guard…

When somebody goes down, especially somebody who plays your position, you kind of have an idea that your number might be called.

On what he does to stay ready…

It’s definitely tough, but just making sure that you’re staying in shape. We do a good job of playing the low-minute guys and we are playing pickup and making sure that we are staying ready. We are just making sure that we are super locked into what they team is doing defensively and offensively so that when your number is called, you’re ready to step in and make an impact.

On being acknowledged by Coach Brown and his teammates…

It feels good. It’s definitely just a process. I’m still learning a lot, so every game I feel like I’m able to take away something new and learn from it. I put that on my board as something to get better at. Tomorrow we will watch film and see the mistakes that I made and see how I’m able to change those and put out an even better effort next time.

New York Knicks

Mike Miller

On how the game ended up getting out of hand…

They got good performances from the guys that we anticipated they would play through…the bottom line is, we’ve got to do a better job. Tonight, it was the second quarter. We had a stretch in the second quarter where it stretched out a bit. We’ve got to do a better job there. I liked the way we played in the second half…I thought guys played well. We were connected, particularly in the second half. I thought that may be the best we’ve played recently in a second half.

On Julius Randle

I thought Julius was really sharp. He started out sharp, not only scoring. He was six of seven from the field in the first half…he was really communicating, and he was really connecting guys out there. I thought he had a really good game.

On how his team played in the second half…

We went out and played like we weren’t worried about the score and we played good basketball. That’s what we’re after. If we play good basketball, we’re going to be ok…in the last three or four games, that’s as well as we’ve played for 24 minutes. Take that as a sign that we’re moving in the right direction and that we’re doing the things we need to do.

Elfrid Payton

On what they should have done differently to start the game…

I think just set the tone defensively. We let Tobias get a rhythm, and when somebody like that has it going, it’s hard to stop it. If we could’ve nipped that in the bud early, maybe make him take a couple tougher shots early, that would’ve helped us in the end.

On Maurice Harkless’ third-quarter performance…

We’ve seen him catch fire. Sometimes guys on other teams don’t get to showcase some of their many talents and they go to another team and they get that chance. I’m excited for Moe. It takes a little time once you’re traded to try to get into a groove with a new team, but I’m excited for what he’s been doing and how he’s been helping us.

Maurice Harkless

On how good Tobias was…

Tobias can always score the ball and tonight he was great. He was great all game. He started off the game really well for them and then he just kept it going throughout the game…we’ve got to find a way to stop guys like that.

On his shooting in the third…

I was just taking shots that I had, you know, I just had room to shoot, so I was just taking open shots.

On what it’s going to take for them to get over the hump as a team…

We’ve got to play the right way and build good habits. It’s a process. It’s not going to happen overnight, but we have some good pieces here, so we have to build on that.

Julius Randle

On what went wrong on the defensive possessions in the final two minutes of the game…

Al [Horford] had a bunch of tough shots down the stretch in the fourth. With his ability to pick-and-pop, he was hitting the top-of-the-key threes. Credit to them, they made shots. They are a tough team to beat in this building.

On picking up his intensity knowing that Taj Gibson might not play tonight…

I just tried to be efficient and get the ball moving. I tried to get bodies moving, players moving and help everybody get into their rhythm. I was just trying to efficient.

On seeing his team fight back…

We’ve been doing it all year, honestly. On demand, whatever it is, we’ve been fighting all year. It was a great effort.