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Knicks’ Home Woes Continue as 76ers Hold On

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Ben Simmons fell an assist short of a triple-double with 20 points and 22 rebounds, Joel Embiid scored 26 points, and the Philadelphia 76ers escaped with a 108-105 victory over the host Knicks on Sunday.

Emmanuel Mudiay missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer at the buzzer for the Knicks, who have lost four straight and 19 of 22. They have lost eight games in a row at Madison Square Garden.

J J Reddick had 22 points for the 76ers, who had lost two in a row. Philadelphia led by as many as 24 points late in second quarter before the Knicks charged back with a strong third period and closed the gap to 83-82 with 11 seconds left on Luke Kornet’s jumper.

The 76ers recovered to start the fourth quarter and went on an 11-0 run capped by Jimmy Butler’s driving layup that extended the lead to 94-82 with 6 minutes 22 seconds remaining.

Embiid, who also had eight rebounds and six blocked shots in his return to the lineup after missing a game with an ankle injury, hit a free throw that extended Philadelphia’s lead to 108-103 with 9.3 seconds to go. He then fouled Damyean Dotson on a 3-point attempt.

Dotson hit two of three free throws, cutting the deficit to 108-105. Mudiay grabbed the rebound and ran behind the 3-point line before his last second heave fell short.

It was Philadelphia’s seventh straight win over the Knicks, who were led by Kevin Knox’s 31 points. They have not won at Madison Square Garden since defeating Milwaukee on Dec. 1.

Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr., who injured his left hamstring on Friday night, did not play. Center Enes Kanter was held out because of what Coach David Fizdale described as flulike symptoms. Guard Frank Ntilikina played 28 minutes after missing three games because of a sprained left ankle. He had 8 points and 6 assists.

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