By: Kylan Watson
After beating the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday night. The Philadelphia 76ers headed to New York to face the Knicks. Philly was not able to capitalize on some golden opportunities from beyond the arc. The Knicks were able to use a three-point barrage to run Philly over 112-99.
It started out for Philly as they were able to weather an early offensive explosion from the Knicks. They were powered by forward Tobias Harris. He scored 23-points and was able to stabilize Philly’s offense. He was the one positive in a night of negatives for Philly.
Despite a strong night from Harris, the Knicks were able to erase an early first quarter lead because of a strong night from the three-point line. New York made 16/37 three-pointers and it did not matter if there was a hand in their face or it was uncontested. The Knicks were hitting threes like they were lay-ups. Philly had no answers for them. The great shooting night unlocked Kemba Walker. He scored 18-points and hit five three-pointer a team high.
Unlike in previous games the Sixers could not buy a basket from the three-point line, and that was the difference in this game. Philly will need to find a way to take advantage of their opportunities from beyond the arc. They only hit 12-threes tonight and that will not do it in today’s NBA.
They will now prepare for the surging Detroit Pistons on Thursday night, and they will need to have a better shooting night from beyond the arc. Additionally, they will need a better defensive showing on the perimeter. Detroit’s backcourt is young, but they can take advantage of wide-open opportunities. The Sixers will need to find a way to stifle them if they want their third victory of the young season.