New York Knicks 70th Anniversary

PHI 105, NYK 102: Sixers Edge Knicks in Another Hard-Fought Battle

by Jonah Ballow
NYKnicks.com
@jonahballow

How It Happened:
The highly competitive season series between the two teams added another thrilling chapter to the story on Friday night in Philly.  New York jumped out to a 35-29 first quarter lead after a prolific start to the contest just two days after knocking off the Magic.  The scrappy Sixers team fought back in the second frame by outscoring the road squad 34-18 to take a lead to the locker room at the half.  The Knicks returned fire in the third period with a 28-16 advantage and 81-79 lead heading into the final stanza.  Both teams exchanged leads throughout the fourth quarter before a couple of crucial plays down the stretch.  Derrick Rose blasted through the lane to hit a driving layup and give New York a 102-101 lead before Justin Anderson hit a bucket in the paint to shift back the momentum to Philadelphia, 103-102.  With 15.7 seconds on the game clock, Lance Thomas knocked the ball off of Robert Convington to provide daylight for the Knicks, trailing 103-102.  Carmelo Anthony’s 14-foot fading jumper just missed, Dario Saric nailed two free throws, and Courtney Lee missed a 3-point attempt to tie the game at the buzzer.  Saric led the young Philadelphia group with 21 points, 10 rebounds, and four assists.  The Sixers snatched the home win, 105-102 and gained the series lead 2-1 with one more game set for the season finale.

Knick of the Night:
Lance Thomas was all over the floor tonight.  He stepped into the starting lineup once again with Willy Hernangomez on the bench and registered a team-high 41 minutes of court time.  Thomas posted a team-high 21 points on 50 percent shooting from the floor to go along with seven boards. 

Notables:
Rose finished with 20 points, Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis combined for 36 points, and Lee dropped 16 in the defeat.

News and Notes:
Hernangomez was sidelined tonight due to a sprained ankle.  Joakim Noah did not travel on the two-game road trip (knee).

Statistically Speaking:
Philadelphia outscored New York in the paint (46-36) and in second chance points (21-8).

Next Up:
The Knicks concluded the two-game road trip in Philadelphia and will head back to New York for a day to recover before facing the best team in the league on Sunday.  The Warriors make their lone trip to MSG on Sunday afternoon at 3:30 PM on ABC.