76ers fall to the Knicks 106-104 despite 31 points from Tyrese Maxey
The Philadelphia 76ers failed to take home a win last night the Wells Fargo Center against the New York Knicks.
James Harden is out for at least a month with a right foot tendon strain and Joel Embiid missed yet another game with a non-COVID illness. Tyrese Maxey was the focal point on offense and did not disappoint, scoring 31 points to go along with seven assists. Unfortunately for the Sixers, that wasn’t enough to get the job done and the Knicks left South Philadelphia with a 106-104 victory.
Outside of Maxey, Tobias Harris scored 23 points and brought in nine rebounds and four assists. De’Anthony Melton added 12 points, nine assists, and five rebounds and Montrezl Harrell, starting in Embiid’s absence, added 14 points and seven rebounds.
For the Knicks, Obi Toppin hit a 3-pointer and Jalen Brunson finished off a three-point play with a minute left in the fourth quarter to give the Knicks the win.
Brunson finished with 23 points to lead the Knicks while RJ Barrett added 22. Really, Toppin was the 76ers’ killer in the fourth quarter, scoring 13 of his 17 total points in the final frame as the Knicks snapped a three-game losing streak.
Embiid Update: 76ers Playing Long Game
Joel Embiid has had a very slow start to the season. His conditioning just didn’t seem right from game one, and now he’s battling a nasty flu. Doc Rivers stated after the game that the Sixers are playing the “long game” with Embiid, which I certainly won’t argue with given the late-season injuries the big man has suffered over the past few years.
Embiid will take the next two days to build up his breathing and get back on the court when the Sixers host the Phoenix Suns on Monday night.