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Here is the game report on the 76ers vs the Knicks…
Ben Simmons shines as Philadelphia 76ers down New York Knicks in Madison Square Garden
NEW YORK, NY — This was like an All-Star Game before the All-Star Game.
Lacklustre defence on both ends, experimental lineups galore, and highlights plays were on the agenda on Thursday (AEDT), as Madison Square Garden played host to two teams that couldn’t wait for the weekend to roll around.
As expected, the Philadelphia 76ers handed the New York Knicks their 18th straight loss, walking away as 126-111 victors in a game where the context was as clear as day.
“I think this break is timely,” 76ers head coach, Brett Brown, said post-game.
The Knicks would probably agree. They’re playing like the worst team in the league and realistically stood no chance against one of the East’s best, while the 76ers picked up an easy win after a mentally-draining week. We saw the home team jump into a zone for large portions of the game — something you rarely see from an NBA team — while the visitors experimented with different groups, trying out different lineups after altering their roster at the trade deadline.
“I believe, for me, this is the third team I’ve coached this year,” Brown said. “I did not put tonnes of expectations, or team goals, or individual expectations on the group.
“I told them that I wanna step back and see stuff unfold, and learn from them, and see how this plays out.”
The result was a sloppy affair, with both teams content to put the game behind them and enjoy the rest that All-Star Weekend will bring.
Ben Simmons finished with 18 points, four rebounds, and six assists, with his focus now shifting toward Charlotte, where he’ll play in both the Rising Stars game, and his first-ever NBA All-Star Game.
“It’s my first All-Star Game,” Simmons said postgame, when asked what he’s most looking forward to for the upcoming weekend. “Being a part of that, being around the guys and learning.”
He and Joel Embiid expertly played in the middle of the Knicks’ porous zone, with the big-man putting up 24 points and 11 rebounds of his own.
The Knicks spread the scoring load — Allonzo Trier ad a team-high 19 points — but the talent deficit was obvious from the tip, with David Fizdale’s team falling to a league-worst 10-47 on the season.
Brown continued to fulfil his promise of trying new things with his recently-acquired players; at times, playing a lineup that didn’t feature either Simmons or Embiid, a rarity for the now 37-21 Sixers.
That strategy meant it was another DNP-CD for Sydney’s Jonah Bolden; his fourth straight since the February 8 deadline. There’s a chance, however, that he returns to his pre-deadline minutes after the All-Star break, as Brown focuses on solidifying a rotation for what he hopes is a deep postseason run.
“For me, I’ll come back at the start of the third — the run home — and deliver a more concise plan, expectation type stuff; things that I can do to help them,” Brown said.
For me, personally, to go through the four games now with our new guys, I feel better off coming back with a plan I think is realistic and appropriate for where we wanna end up.”