The history between the Philadelphia 76ers and the New York Knicks dates back more than 60 years, and started when both franchises called the Empire State home. In the inaugural NBA season, the Syracuse Nationals and the Knickerbockers played twice, with the team that would eventually become the Sixers sweeping the series.
Since then, the teams have played 468 times in the regular season (the 76ers have a 263-205 record) and 34 times in the postseason (21-12), most notably in the 1983 Eastern Conference semifinals, before the Julius Erving, Moses Malone, and the Sixers would go on to win the NBA Championship.
More recently in 76ers history, James Harden made his home debut in Philadelphia against the Knicks on Wednesday, March 2, 2022. In his first game in Sixers threads, he recorded a near triple double - 26 points, 9 rebounds, and 9 assists.
The Sixers faced the Knicks in four games during the 2022-23 season, with the Sixers winning on Christmas Day in Madison Square Garden, the “World’s Most Famous Arena” 119-112. In the holiday matinee, Joel Embiid, Harden, and De’Anthony Melton combined for 79 points. The 76ers took down the Knicks again on February 10, this time at home, with Embiid and Tyrese Maxey combining for 62 points.