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Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Attendance: 20,424
Knicks, 76ers look to bounce back
New York Knicks at Philadelphia 76ers
- The Knicks lost both games of their recent back-to-back, falling to the Pacers on the road, 110-99, on Sunday before losing to the Suns, 128-110, on Monday. New York has gone 1-6 (.143) in the second game of back-to-backs this season -- only four winless teams have a worse record in such games.
- Emmanuel Mudiay scored 32 points against Phoenix, his second 30-point game in his last three. After averaging 10.4 points prior to December, Mudiay is averaging 20.0 points this month -- his increase of 9.6 points is the largest pre-December to December (min. 15 games in Oct/Nov, 5 games in Dec).
- The Sixers lost to the Spurs in the second game of their back-to-back, 123-96. It broke a streak of 20 consecutive games scoring at least 100 points, the longest streak for a Sixers team since a 26-game run in the 1989-90 season.
- Joel Embiid scored 13 points versus the Spurs, his third-lowest point total in a game this season. The Sixers have gone 3-5 (.375) when Embiid fails to score 20 points this season, compared to 16-7 (.696) when he scores 20 or more, the best team record in a player's 20-point games (min. 20 games).
- The Sixers have won five consecutive games versus the Knicks, their second-longest active win streak over a single opponent (nine in a row vs. the Hornets). It is the longest win streak for Philadelphia over New York since the Sixers won six straight between February 20, 2008 and October 31, 2009.
- JJ Redick has won his last 13 games versus the Knicks, the longest streak by any player against the team since Alton Lister's teams won 19 straight from January 13, 1984 to January 21, 1989. Redick has averaged 17.2 points in these games, shooting 41.4 percent (36-of-87) from three in that span.
- Raptors' Lowry undergoes thumb surgery
- Pacers sign Justin Holiday for $4.8M
- Kings add WNBA alum Harding as assistant
- New Celtics Walker, Kanter meet media
- Wolves sign undrafted rookie C Reid
The Philadelphia 76ers and New York Knicks both experienced nights they would like to forget in their last game.
The difference for the Atlantic Division foes is those nights are rare for Philadelphia and a common occurrence for New York.
On Wednesday, both teams will be attempting to bounce back from lopsided results when they convene in Philadelphia.
Philadelphia is 11-6 in 17 games since acquiring Jimmy Butler from Minnesota on Nov. 12 for Dario Saric and Robert Covington. The 76ers head into Wednesday in their first slump since the deal with three losses in their last four games.
Butler sat out with a strained groin and the Sixers dropped home games to Brooklyn and Indiana last week. He returned Sunday to score 19 points in 25 minutes when Philadelphia shook off a slow start and pulled away and recorded a 23-point win in Cleveland.
A night later in San Antonio, Butler missed 10 of 13 shots and held to six points in a 123-96 loss. His teammates were not much better as Joel Embiid was held to 13 and shot 6-of-17.
"You can talk about Xs and Os, you can talk about a bunch of stuff but to me, our spirit was down," Philadelphia coach Brett Brown said. "We are poor in back-to-backs. That is a fact and we have to find a way to do (better)."
"I was trying too hard on offense and that affected my defensive efforts the entire game," Butler said. "We've done that a lot this year as a whole. We just can't let that happen."
Especially with what the upcoming schedule looks like.
After Wednesday, the Sixers host Toronto Saturday, visit Boston for a Christmas Day game and then head to the West Coast for four games.
The Knicks held a seven-point lead at halftime but were dismantled by getting outscored 41-17 in the third quarter of a 128-110 home loss to the Phoenix Suns.
"The water was coming through the dam through so many holes," Knicks coach David Fizdale said. "We didn't show a lot of toughness during that run."
The Knicks were without leading scorer Tim Hardaway Jr., who sat out with a sore right heel. Hardaway is questionable for Wednesday and if he misses his third game of the season, Courtney Lee could start as the Knicks enter with nine losses in their last 11 games since a three-game winning streak Nov 21.-25.
Whether it's Hardaway or Lee in the backcourt, they will be alongside Emmanuel Mudiay. Mudiay scored 32 points Monday and is averaging 20 points in his last nine games starting with his 30-point showing in an overtime win against Milwaukee on Dec. 1.
"I think it's enough now we know this kid is an NBA rotation player," Fizdale said. "How far it goes from there is going to be what he does. You get to a third of the season and consistently putting in 20, 30 (points), six rebounds, six assists. First thing he had to prove to himself and to everyone is if he's a legitimate NBA player. That's proven now. The next step is can we get him to grow and develop and show the consistency of what a lead guard would do. He's taken off and really gotten better every day."
Philadelphia claimed the first meeting when Embiid scored 26 and the Sixers held the Knicks to 34.8 percent shooting in a 117-91 rout on Nov. 28.
Updated December 19, 2018