By: Kylan Watson
The Philadelphia 76ers were riding high after beating the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night. They faced the New York Knicks who were looking to get their second win over the Sixers in their four-game series. Philly unfortunately could not get out of their own way as they fell to New York 103-96.
It did not start out well for Philly they could not hit their shots early. The fatigue of playing five games in nine days seemed to be affecting them. Despite all that they continued to fight through it. They were powered by Furkan Korkmaz. He scored 19-points and hit five threes. However, being so shorthanded caught up to them in this game as they just did not have the talent to keep New York at bay.
The Knicks were able to take full advantage of the tired legs of Philly. They were hitting their shots and made Philly pay for defensive lapses. They hit 13 three-pointers and were powered by Julius Randle who scored 31-points and hit five three-pointers himself. There was nothing Philly could do to stop him. It did not matter who they put on him. He was hitting shots from beyond the arc, perimeter, and the paint. If the shot was contested it still went in and if it was wide open it found the bottom of the net.
Philly now will have to face the Milwaukee Bucks tomorrow night. They will need to have an impressive showing on both sides of the ball to keep Milwaukee down. They are missing four players because of health and safety protocols (Joel Embiid, Tobias Harris, Matisse Thybulle, and Isaiah Joe). Somebody will need to step-up in their absence if Philly wants to get their ninth win of their season.