KNICKS 108 – SIXERS 97
Let’s just say the Knicks needed this one. A night after falling to the LA Clippers at the Garden, the Knicks rebounded for a 108-97 win over division rival Philadelphia. The victory pulls the Knicks back up to three-games over .500.
Julius Randle and Jalin Brunson were again the key cogs for the Knickenbockers in the victory. Randle led the way with 24 points and nine boards, while Brunson added 21 points.
Evan Fournier and Miles McBride were both huge off the bench for the Knicks. Fournier had 17 off the bench on 6-of-11 shooting, including knocking down five three-pointers. McBride contributed 13 points.
The Knicks found themselves in an 11-point hole, trailing the Sixers 35-24 after the first quarter before staging a comeback.
Fournier’s three-pointer in the early stages of the second quarter ignited a 9-0 run for New York as they cut the Sixers’ lead to 35-32.
Midway through the quarter, Fournier hit his second three-pointer of the quarter before McBride hit a pair of free throws to draw the Knicks to within one-point.
Evan Fournier is FEELING it 🔥— NBA (@NBA) February 6, 2023
He's got 5 triples for the @nyknicks on ESPN! pic.twitter.com/68LMFqyn21
New York would finally take the lead — albeit briefly — when Randle connected on an three to put the Knicks up 54-53 at the start of the third quarter.
The Knicks finally took charge with a 32-point fourth quarter. Obi Toppin’s 24-foot three-pointer tied the game at 82. Toppin would put the Knicks in front by a point when he sank one-of-two free throws.
Finally Fournier gave the Knicks some breathing room with a three-pointer to make it 86-82 with 8:45 to go.
After James Harden brought the Sixers a little closer, Fournier all but cemented the Knicks charge with another three-pointer to make it 94-88 with 4:44 to go. McBride’s three-ball, with an assist by Fournier, all but sealed the deal.