Embiid, Simmons help 76ers end slump, beat Knicks 131-109

ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 20, 2018 10:44 AM
Embiid, Simmons help 76ers end slump, beat Knicks 131-109
Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid, center, goes up for a shot between New York Knicks' Noah Vonleh, left, and Lance Thomas during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018, in Philadelphia. Philadelphia won 131-109. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

By Dave Zeitlin, Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Joel Embiid had 24 points and 10 rebounds, Ben Simmons got his second triple-double in his last three games, and the Philadelphia 76ers snapped out of a funk to beat the New York Knicks 131-109 on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time).

Simmons had 13 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. Jimmy Butler added 20 points and Landry Shamet had a career-high 17 off the bench for the Sixers (21-12), who shot 53.4 percent from the field and 50 percent from three-point range.

Philadelphia had lost 3-of-4, including a lopsided defeat in San Antonio on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time).

Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 27 points and Kevin Knox had 21 for the Knicks (9-24), who have lost three straight and eight of their last nine. Emmanuel Mudiay, averaging 20 points per game in his previous nine contests, was held to 11 points on 3-of-12 shooting.

The Sixers were clicking offensively from the start, scoring 38 points on nearly 70 percent shooting in the first quarter, capped by a four-point play from Furkan Korkmaz. They led by as many as 14 in the first half and took a 69-61 lead into halftime, though the Knicks closed the half on a highlight-reel alley oop from Hardaway to Knox.

After the Knicks cut Philly's lead to three early in the third, Embiid and Simmons had back-to-back one handed slams to get the home crowd going and help the Sixers pull away.

TIP-INS

Knicks: Coach David Fizdale said Hardaway, the team's top scorer who missed the Knicks' last game, has been dealing with plantar fasciitis but added that he has no thoughts of shutting him down. ... The Knicks were without Mitchell Robinson (sprained left ankle) and Allonzo Trier (strained left hamstring). ... Damyean Dotson had 14 points off the bench after missing the last two games with a sore shoulder.

76ers: Some of the loudest cheers came before the game when Hall of Famer Julius Erving rang the ceremonial bell. ... Redick scored his 10,000th career point, becoming the 47th active NBA player to reach such a milestone. ... The Sixers had their best shooting first half of the season (58.7 percent). ... Simmons' triple-double was his fourth of the season and 16th of his career.

UP NEXT

Knicks: Host Atlanta on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time).

76ers: Host Toronto on Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time).

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