NBA Game Recap - New York at Philadelphia
Thu Feb 27, 2020 7:00 PM EST

NY
106
PHI
115
F
SAC
108
OKC
112
F
POR
100
IND
106
F
LAL
116
GS
86
F

Feb 27, 2020, 7:00 PM EST

Final

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2

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4

T

New York (17-42)

21

25

33

27

106

Philadelphia (37-23)

26

35

26

28

115

Minus Embiid and Simmons, Harris leads 76ers past Knicks
Thu Feb 27, 2020 10:21 PM

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Tobias Harris’ performance had the 76ers feeling good during the game, and the doctor’s report on Joel Embiid afterward had them feeling even better.

Harris scored 34 points to lead short-handed Philadelphia to a 115-106 victory over the New York Knicks on Thursday night.

The 76ers played without injured All-Stars Embiid and Ben Simmons.

Embiid was hurt in Wednesday night’s loss at Cleveland when he collided with Ante Zizic. After Thursday’s victory, the 76ers learned that their star center didn’t have any structural damage. He has a sprained left shoulder and will be re-evaluated in about a week.

“That’s exciting news,” 76ers coach Brett Brown said.

Before the game, Brown discussed playing without Embiid and Simmons.

“It’s a painfully obvious bind,” Brown said. “We’re missing two All-Stars. You yank that from the team and it’s painful.”

The duo’s absence didn’t hurt against the woeful Knicks.

Shake Milton scored 19 points and Al Horford added 15 for the 76ers, who improved to their NBA-best home record to 28-2.

Harris signed a five-year, $180 million deal in the offseason. He usually takes a back seat offensively to Embiid or Simmons, but Philadelphia needed him to be the go-to player against New York.

“Just taking the opportunities that were presented,” said Harris, who added seven rebounds and seven assists. “We had a good pop to our offense and I was able to get in-the-flow plays.”

Julius Randle had 30 points and 10 rebounds for the Knicks, who lost their sixth straight game while clinching a sixth straight losing season.

“Bottom line, we have to do a better job (defensively),” Knicks coach Mike Miller said. “Tonight it was the second quarter. I like the way we played in the second half.”

The Knicks were within 107-102 with 2:08 left after Randle made the first of two free throws, but consecutive 3-pointers by Harris and Milton gave Philadelphia breathing room.

“He’s just a highly competitive person,” Brown said of Harris. “That’s why he’s good. Very prideful.”

Harris had 23 points in the opening half to help Philadelphia to a 61-46 lead at the break. Milton went 4-for-4 from the field including three 3-pointers in the first half. Randle had 15 points at the intermission for the Knicks.

New York got within four points on Moe Harkless’ 3 with 5:09 left in the third period. But Philadelphia had an 87-79 advantage to start the fourth.

MISSING MEN

Embiid sat for the 17th time this season due to injury or suspension.

Simmons missed his third game. Injured in a practice, he has a nerve impingement in his lower back and will miss at least two weeks.

The 76ers started Josh Richardson, Harris, Milton, Glenn Robinson III and Horford.

SHAKE’S SHOTS

Milton finished 5-for-5 from 3-point range.

“For me, it’s just about staying ready and putting in the work,” he said.

TIP-INS

Knicks: Frank Ntilikina (groin) missed his third straight game. ... Taj Gibson (back) didn’t play. ... Dennis Smith Jr. (concussion-like symptoms) didn’t return in the second half after taking an elbow to the head in the opening half. He had four points in seven minutes. ... Elfrid Payton (18 points), Harkless (17) and RJ Barrett (15) also reached double figures.

76ers: Brown pushed back against a published report in which Robinson said his role hasn’t been clearly defined since the 76ers acquired him from Golden State. “That is not true,” Brown said. “He has an important role and we hope to see more of it. This is a ‘show me’ league.” Robinson had four points. ... Race car drivers Mario Andretti and his son, Marco, rang the replica Liberty Bell before the game.

UP NEXT

Knicks: Open a five-game homestand against Chicago on Saturday.

76ers: Begin a four-game trip at the Clippers on Sunday.

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Leaders

New York PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
W. Ellington 0 -11 0 0 1 0
J. Randle 30 10 5 10 0 0
Philadelphia PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
T. Harris 34 -6 7 7 1 1
S. Milton 19 5 4 3 1 2

Team Comparison

NY PHI
Points For 106 115
Field Goals 42/83-51% 45/91-49%
Three Pointers 8/23-35% 15/31-48%
Free Throws 14/24-58% 10/13-77%
Offensive Rebounds 9 11
Defensive Rebounds 30 33
Rebounds 48 52
Blocks 3 7
Steals 2 5
Turnovers 8 6
Points Scored Off Turnovers 9 10
Points in the Paint 60 44
Fast Break Points 3 6
Personal Fouls 11 17
Technical Fouls 0 1
Flagrant Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - PHI Leads Series 4-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Wed Nov 20 NY 104 @ PHI 109 D. Dotson 2 F. Korkmaz 2
Fri Nov 29 PHI 101 @ NY 95 N. Pelle 3 B. Portis 2
Sat Jan 18 PHI 90 @ NY 87 B. Portis 3
Thu Feb 27 NY 106 @ PHI 115 K. Knox 1 K. O'Quinn 3

Game Information

Stadium: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Attendance: 20,175
Game Time: 2:01