BENNY BREAKS OUT: 20 POINTS, 22 BOARDS AS SIXERS BEAT KNICKS!

By Harry Allison

Ben Simmons called out his Sixers mates for being soft on defense in a loss to the Hawks Friday night.

And yesterday in New York he took the game into his own hands.

He had 20 points, 22 rebounds and nine assists, and the Sixers beat the New York Knicks 108-105.

Joel Embiid scored 26 points for the Sixers, who were coming off a 123-121 home loss against Atlanta on Friday night. JJ Redick added 22 points, and Jimmy Butler finished with 16.

Simmons called his team ”too soft” after the loss to the lowly Hawks. He answered his own challenge with a pair of big plays late in the fourth quarter against New York.

The Knicks pulled within two on rookie Kevin Knox’s 3-pointer with 3:02 left, but Simmons pulled down an offensive rebound and fed Redick for a key jumper.

A defensive rebound for Simmons set up Redick’s two foul shots with 20 seconds left, lifting Philadelphia to a 106-98 lead.

‘I thought especially the offensive rebound at the end of the game that led to JJ’s 3, I thought that was the game,” Sixers coach Brett Brown said. ”They made it close at the end, but I thought his overall performance was dominant.”

New York’s Emmanuel Mudiay missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer at the buzzer.

Knox had career-high 31 points for the Knicks, who have lost four straight and 19 of 22. Luke Kornet had a career-best 23 points.

New York trailed by as many as 24 points in the second quarter, but closed to 83-82 on Kornet’s basket with 11 seconds left in the third.

The 76ers responded in the fourth, beginning the quarter with an 11-0 run. Simmons capped the spurt by finding a driving Butler for a layup that made it 94-82 with 6:22 left.

”We have to lock down on defense and offensively take care of the ball,” Simmons said. ”I think that’s really it. Everybody needs to be locked in.”

About admin

Loading Facebook Comments ...

Leave a Reply