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NYK 114, PHI 113: Knicks Secure Home Victory in Dramatic Season Finale

by Jonah Ballow

How It Happened:
Maurice Ndour ensured the Knicks ended the 2016-17 season on a winning note.  After trailing by seven points with 4:37 remaining in the fourth quarter, New York put together a 9-2 run to tie the game at 104-104 as Justin Holiday connected on three free throws.  Philadelphia looked poised to take the win when Nik Stauskas buried a triple with 31 seconds on the game clock to give his squad a slight 113-112 edge.  Ndour answered the call by knocking down a 15-foot step-back jumper to provide the Knicks with a 114-113 lead.  The Sixers failed to execute on the other side of the floor and New York notched the season finale win at MSG.  Philadelphia’s Justin Anderson posted a game-high 26 points, Alex Poythress scored 18, and the road team shot 50.5 percent from the floor in the defeat.

Knick of the Night:
Holiday poured in 14 of his team-high 20 points in the second half, including some clutch buckets to push the Knicks over the Sixers on Wednesday night.  He drilled 6-of-10 shots from the floor, 6-of-7 at the stripe, and five rebounds in 20 minutes of game action. 

Carmelo Anthony returned the floor after a two-game absence to score 17 points in 23 minutes, Marshall Plumlee grabbed 11 rebounds, and Sasha Vujacic dished out six assists in the win.

News and Notes:
Kristaps Porzingis (sore back), and Lance Thomas (hip) were unavailable for tonight’s contest.

Statistically Speaking:
New York shot 51.3 percent from the floor, 40.9 percent behind the arc, and attempted 32 free throws.  Additionally, the home squad outrebounded Philadelphia 42-38 and registered 20 second chance points.   

Next Up:
The Knicks concluded the 2016-17 regular season.  Stay tuned to for offseason features throughout the summer.