Even during past season’s turnaround, the Knicks couldn’t lick the Sixers, going 0-3 with 2 close, last-minute losses.
But Sixers All-Star Ben Simmons wasn’t present Tuesday nighttime for this TNT showdown astatine the Garden and Kemba Walker was.
The Knicks snapped a 15-game losing streak to the Sixers successful a 112-99 romp to amended to 3-1. After a dilatory start, the Knicks bashed the Sixers by a 39-16 number successful the 2nd 4th and bushed Philly for the archetypal clip since 2017.
In the archetypal half, the rocking Garden chanted, “Where’s Ben Simmons?’’ deriding the Sixers for their disgruntled erstwhile All-Star defender being connected indefinite leave. With 5 minutes near successful the rout, the Simmons chant returned.
Walker, aft sitting retired the last 18 minutes of Sunday’s nonaccomplishment to Orlando, led 5 Knicks successful double-figures with 19 points and Evan Fournier added 18.
Walker, who played for Boston past season, got blistery from deep, draining 5 of 9 3-pointers and finished with 19 points and 5 assists successful 27 minutes. After missing his archetypal 3 shots of the game, the Bronx constituent defender deed 7 of his adjacent nine.
The Knicks person raised their 3-point effort totals nether pleas from manager Tom Thibodeau, and Tuesday they deed 15 of their archetypal 23 attempts.
Sixers manager Doc Rivers said it’s much roster than strategy.
“That’s called having Kemba Walker and [Evan] Fournier connected your team,’’ Rivers said. “They needed to people more. I deliberation Thibs knew that.’’
The disfigured Simmons soap opera whitethorn enactment the Knicks successful play to walk Philly successful the Eastern Conference standings this season. The 2-2 Sixers were the 3rd effect successful 2020-21.
After a dilatory commencement successful which they fell down by six points early, the Knicks gathered themselves rapidly and coiled up punching the Sixers retired successful the 2nd quarter. They led by arsenic galore arsenic 27 points.
Backup powerfulness guardant Obi Toppin started the deluge with his fast-break energy.
Walker reentered successful the 2nd play to drain jumper aft jumper, Immanuel Quickley faked his erstwhile Kentucky backcourtmate Tyrese Maxey retired of his gym shorts with a crossover and pull-up 3, and the Knicks outscored the Sixers by 23 successful the 2nd period.
In dominating connected some ends, including a precocious 24-second usurpation that drew a shingle of the fist from Thibodeau, the Knicks built a 62-42 halftime lead.
The Knicks seat scored 30 first-half points, with Derrick Rose starring the unit with 9 points and finishing with 13.