May 3, 2024 - News

Sixers' season over after nip-and-tuck loss to Knicks

The SIxers' Joel Embiid embraces the Knicks' Donte DiVincenzo after Philly was eliminated from playoffs.

So long, pal. Photo: Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)

Tyrese Maxey nearly pulled off more late-game heroics, but it wasn't enough for the Sixers in last night's crushing 118-115 loss to the Knicks.

Why it matters: The Sixers' long, tortured season is over after they dropped their first-round playoff series in six games.

Stunning stat: The Knicks' Jalen Brunson became only the second player in NBA history to score at least 35 points and have 10 assists in three games in a series.

  • He hit big shots to give the Knicks a lead in the waning minutes of the game.

Yes, but: Maxey clawed the Sixers back by converting a three-point play with 34 seconds left to tie the game at 111-111.

  • The Sixers doubled Brunson on the deciding possession, leaving Josh Hart open for a go-ahead 3-pointer.
  • Buddy Hield missed a 3-point heave at the buzzer.

Catch up quick: The Sixers' bench outscored the Knicks 30-0 in the first half, including five 3-pointers from Hield, to dig out of a big first-quarter hole.

  • Philly took the lead for the first time with under two minutes left in the first half.
  • Star center Joel Embiid, who came back from a torn meniscus in time for the playoffs, exploded for 16 of his 39 points in the third quarter.

The bottom line: Embiid disappeared when the Sixers needed him most.

  • He had six points in the final quarter and fouled out at the end of the game.

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