The Knicks started a life on Saturday night – or at least a week – without RJ Barrett.
It was like life with him, only more overwhelming.
The Knicks lost twenty points in a row, stayed with the 76s all night, and even took the last minute lead before falling 90-87 in the garden.
Long Island's Tobias Harris delivered the Dagger 3 27.7 seconds ahead, giving the 76ers an 89: 87 lead just seconds after Marcus Morris struck a jumper to give the Knicks the first lead since the end of the first quarter gain.
After Harris beat the 3 – much to the delight of the 76ers – the Knicks failed on the next possession. Julius Randle was doubled up near the sideline with a run down shot clock and lost the ball 7.4 seconds ahead.
Furkan Korkmaz hit one of two free throws with a 4.2 second lead before Morris & # 39; s last second prayer, a controversial 3 just inside the half-field line, landed on the back edge.
The Knicks could have used the rookie Barrett, who had sprained an ankle on Thursday evening. They received 20 points from Morris and 14 from Randle and Reggie Bullock.
The 76ers had broken the hearts of the Knicks twice this season before Saturday. On November 20 in Philadelphia the Knicks led after three quarters with five points before the defeat with 109: 104. Then on November 29 in the garden, the Knicks blew a 12-point halftime lead and fell, 101-95.
On Saturday, the 76s played in a row on the second night without Joel Embiid, up to 10 points ahead in the second quarter and six in the half before the Knicks reduced the deficit to 70-69 in the fourth quarter.
A free throw from Mitchell Robinson brought the game to a tie at 70 in the first minute of the fourth round before the teams started swiftly. The 76s had a short time to breathe at 84-77 before the Knicks came back 3:37 and did 84-83.
Bullock started instead of Barrett and was solid. Interim coach Mike Miller made no commitment to keep Bullock on duty as long as Barrett is out, but the veteran was stuck on Saturday.
"We might watch it from game to game and it could be the same," said Miller. "Reggie will come to this place tonight when he gets back [from a sore neck] and he's ready to play. He started a number of games over 10 days last week [in place of Marcus Morris], did a good job and helped us get off to a good start. I think he and Marcus and Elfrid [Payton] In the background it will be a good combination to work with. "
The 76s led 28-25 after the first quarter, with the Knicks hanging around thanks to nine points from Morris and eight points from Randle.
But those two were in the bank at the beginning of the second quarter when the 76s extended their lead to double-digit numbers from 37-27. Harris and James Ennis III pushed 3s over a missed dunk by Bobby Portis and forced Miller to take a break.
The first unit of the Knicks returned shortly afterwards and ended the game with a shot from Taj Gibson, who scored seven points in a short time.
The 76s halved with a 52:46 lead, but with two late fast break dunks from Ben Simmons.
"We really tried to keep up with our defenses in the first quarter and not try to get a team or an individual to get going in the first quarter and lead to a big night," Miller said before the game.
That worked early, but Simmons started to assert itself in the second quarter. The former No. 1 had 16 points during the 7-of-10 shooting break, 10 points came in the second quarter.
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