76ers improve to 2-0 with win vs Knicks
The 76ers took care of business in New York City tonight in a 109-89 win against the Knicks, keeping them undefeated so far this season. After a shaky start that led to a close game at half, the Sixers were able to extend their lead in the third quarter, outscoring the Knicks 26-14, and never looked back. With the win, Doc Rivers moved to 10th all time in wins with 945.
Joel Embiid led the charge with 27 points on 10-20 from the floor and 2-4 from 3 point range. Embiid’s multifaceted offensive game gave him the opportunity to score in a variety of ways. The most impressive piece to Embiid’s game was the mid range, where he has inflicted most of his damage this season. More importantly, with a big lead late in the game, Embiid and Simmons were both able to keep their minutes down to stay rested for tomorrow night’s game in Cleveland.
Speaking of Simmons, he yet again left his fingerprints all over this game with an incredible defensive performance. While he only nabbed one steal, his presence was felt on all over the court. Simmons was able to lock up RJ Barrett tonight, holding him to 10 points on 2-15 shooting. Ben was even able to cap off the night with a vicious dunk, to give him 15 points on 5-9 shooting, and an improved 5-8 from the free throw line.
The best part of tonight’s game was the improved perimeter shooting. Seth Curry was a huge factor, contributing 17 points and knocking down the deep ball at a 75% clip. Even Danny Green got in the mix tonight, hitting 2 three pointers, and grabbing 5 rebounds and 4 steals. Never to be understated by us, Dwight Howard added an electric 9 points and 6 rebounds. Even Tobias Harris was able to put together a productive night, pouring in 17 points on 50% shooting. As a team, the Sixers still didn’t shoot all that well going 11-31 from 3, but an improvement nonetheless.
For NYK, Julius Randle had a solid night with 25 points, 7 rebounds, and 2-2 from 3 point range. Alec Burks was also impressive with 22 points in his revenge game against the Sixers.
UP NEXT: The Sixers travel to Cleveland tomorrow to play the undefeated Cavaliers in their first back to back of the season.
Mandatory Credit: Philadelphia Inquirer