Noel Shines In 84-77 Loss To Knicks
Tuesday’s meeting between Philadelphia and New York at the Carrier Dome was a homecoming of sorts for reigning Rookie of the Year Michael Carter-Williams and first-year forward Jerami Grant. Unfortunately, ongoing rehab from offseason shoulder surgery for Carter-Williams and a lingering ankle sprain for Grant kept the two from suiting up to face fellow Syracuse alum Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks.
The Sixers struggled offensively in the early going, entering halftime trailing the Knicks 45-29. But after shooting 8-for-33 from the floor in the first 24 minutes of the game, Philadelphia opened the third quarter by making 7 of their first 14 attempts and cutting the deficit to single digits.
Entering the fourth quarter, they trailed by 11, but were able to make it a six-point game with 5:41 left in regulation. New York responded with a quick 6-0 run and never looked back, going on to secure an 84-77 victory and improve to 2-2 in preseason play. The Sixers are 1-3 through four preseason games.
– After falling one rebound shy of a double-double in his last preseason outing, a 106-92 home victory over the Hornets on Wednesday, rookie Nerlens Noel had another impressive performance Tuesday against the Knicks. The 6’11” power forward scored 12 points on 3-of-5 from the field and 6-of-8 from the line to go along with 11 rebounds, three assists, four steals, and a block in 34 minutes of action.
– In his first NBA start, rookie swingman JaKarr Sampson logged 26 minutes and scored nine points on 3-of-4 shooting to go along with four rebounds from the shooting guard position.
– Luc Mbah a Moute had his first double-digit scoring night as a Sixer, notching 11 points on 4-of-8 shooting. One of his four makes came courtesy of a nice backdoor feed from Nerlens Noel that he finished with an imposing jam over Knicks center Samuel Dalembert.