Walker scores 19, Knicks romp to finish 15-game skid vs 76ers
With Kemba Walker and Evan Fournier, the New York Knicks can do issues they could not final season.
Or the three seasons earlier than that.
Walker scored 19 factors in his greatest sport together with his hometown crew and the Knicks snapped a 15-game dropping streak in opposition to the Philadelphia 76ers with a 112-99 victory Tuesday night time.
Fournier added 18 factors within the Knicks’ first victory over Philadelphia since April 12, 2017, the final sport of the 2016-17 season. Julius Randle had 16 factors, 11 rebounds and 7 assists.
Joel Embiid did not have a area objective within the first half of his first profession loss to the Knicks, who seized management by outscoring Philadelphia 39-16 within the second quarter and improved to 3-1.
“This was a good test for us and it doesn’t stop, and we can’t feel good about tonight,” Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau stated. “We have to go to Chicago (on Thursday) and play an undefeated team that’s loaded that’s playing real well.”
Tobias Harris scored 23 factors for the 76ers. Embiid completed with 14 factors and 6 rebounds, capturing simply 2 for 7. He had been 12-0 in video games he performed in opposition to New York.
“I mean, it’s the NBA season. It happens,” stated Embiid, who was 0 for five within the first half.
A pair “Where’s Ben Simmons? Where’s Ben Simmons?” chants broke out at Madison Square Garden and the Sixers actually missed their All-Star guard’s protection on the perimeter in opposition to a Knicks crew that upgraded offensively with the additions of Walker and Fournier.
“Clearly they’re a better offensive team because they have more shot makers. They have more playmakers,” Sixers coach Doc Rivers stated. “That’s one thing about Kemba and Fournier. They’re not just scorers. They’re playmakers and the more playmakers you can add to a team, the better. We didn’t have any playmakers tonight.”
The Sixers led 26-23 after one earlier than the Knicks sped into the lead behind some energetic performs from their second unit to open a 47-36 lead.
Embiid then hit a pair of free throws earlier than Walker, scoreless at that time, made a 3-pointer with 4:06 remaining, to get himself began and begin the Knicks on a 15-4 run to finish the half. He had one other 3 and two extra baskets earlier than the Knicks took a 62-42 result in the break.
“It was fun. Hopefully I can — we can have — more moments like that,” Walker stated. “It was just such a great team win. Everybody contributed in many different ways and that’s how New York basketball is.”
Walker hadn’t scored greater than 11 factors in any sport and had sat down the stretch of the Knicks’ two shut ones whereas Derrick Rose performed. He scored 9 extra within the third on three 3-pointers and the Knicks led by as a lot as 27.
76ers: Seth Curry, who was main the NBA in 3-point capturing after a 13-for-17 begin, missed all 4 makes an attempt. … Philadelphia has had longer successful streaks than its run in opposition to the Knicks in opposition to two groups, in response to the Elias Sports Bureau. The Sixers beat Cleveland 17 straight occasions from 1980-83 and 16 in a row from 1999-03. They additionally had 16 straight wins in opposition to Detroit in 1966-67.
Knicks: Thibodeau stated C Nerlens Noel, who hasn’t performed this season due to knee and hamstring accidents, is “real close” to being prepared. He stated the hamstring is ok now and the knee soreness is way improved. … The Knicks had been 16 of 37 on 3s.
MAKING THE CUT
Rivers was informed earlier than the sport that the New York Post was operating a top-75 checklist of all-time Knicks gamers.
“Am I 3 or 4?” he responded.
Told his 99-game stint from 1992-95 earned him the No. 66 spot within the ballot, Rivers at first joked that have to be incorrect.
“Great, that’s good news for me,” he stated. “I played what, 2 ½ years, so that means I had a pretty good run. I loved playing here, I absolutely loved it.”
The Knicks’ sport at unbeaten Chicago on Thursday was added to the NBA TV schedule Tuesday. The community had been set to indicate the 76ers in opposition to Detroit.
76ers: Host Detroit on Thursday.
Knicks: Visit Chicago on Thursday.
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