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Madison Square Garden, New York, New York  Attendance: 15,218

Sixers, Knicks resume their Atlantic Division rivalry

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Philadelphia 76ers at New York Knicks

  1. The Sixers have won 15 consecutive games against the Knicks, with New York's last win coming by one point on April 12, 2017. A win would tie for the second-most consecutive wins against an opponent in 76ers' history, trailing only a 17-game streak against Cleveland from 1980 to 1983.
  2. Philadelphia's 35 turnovers through their first three games of the season are tied for the franchise's fewest through its first three games in the last 30 seasons (35 in 2005-06).
  3. After making six threes in the first quarter of Philadelphia's 115-103 win over Oklahoma City, Seth Curry joined Jodie Meeks as the only Sixers players in the last two decades to make six or more threes in any quarter (Meeks also made six in the first quarter).
  4. After taking 30 three-point attempts per game last season, the Knicks have taken 49 threes per contest so far in 2021-22. That is by far the biggest increase by any team so far this year with the Boston Celtics (10.6 increase) coming next.
  5. In Sunday's loss to the Magic, Julius Randle had 30 points and 16 rebounds. It was his fourth game with 30+ points and 15+ rebounds in his Knicks career. Only Patrick Ewing (26) has more such games for the Knicks since Ewing joined the team in 1985.
  6. Seth Curry, Georges Niang, Joel Embiid and Furkan Korkmaz are all making at least two threes per game on better than 45 percent accuracy. Philadelphia is the only team in the NBA this season to have four players average those marks.

Resounding wins by the Knicks in their first two games of the season surely led to some daydreaming by championship-starved fans eager to experience New York's first championship run since 1973.

On Sunday night, though, the Knicks received a stern reminder of how far they still have to go to become a title contender.

The Knicks will look to bounce back from a disappointing loss Tuesday night, when they are scheduled to host the Philadelphia 76ers in a battle of longtime division rivals.

Both teams were off Monday after playing Sunday night, when the host Knicks fell to the Orlando Magic 110-104 and the visiting 76ers beat the Oklahoma City Thunder, 115-103.

The loss for the Knicks -- which cost them a chance to start 3-0 for the first time since 2012-13 -- was particularly jarring considering the defensive breakdowns that occurred just two days after they led by as many as 34 points and hit a franchise-record 24 3-pointers in a 121-96 win over the Magic in Orlando.

The Knicks appeared to be in control for much of Sunday night, but they squandered a 13-point first-half lead and allowed the Magic to overcome a nine-point third-quarter deficit by surrendering a game-ending 39-24 run. Orlando's Terrence Ross scored all 22 of his points in the fourth quarter -- the most fourth-quarter points by a player in franchise history.

"We created a problem long before (the fourth quarter), just understanding what goes into winning," Knicks head coach Tom Thibodeau said. "We knew they would play with intensity, and we didn't. The fourth quarter has to be our best quarter, and it wasn't tonight."

New York snapped a seven-year playoff drought last season, when it allowed a 104.7 points per game, fewest in the NBA.

"When you take shortcuts, the results are never going to be good," Thibodeau said.

The 76ers have navigated some potentially treacherous elements in starting 2-1 without 6-foot-11 star Ben Simmons, who demanded a trade over the summer after struggling in a seven-game second-round loss to the Atlanta Hawks.

Seth Curry scored 28 points Sunday, and Joel Embiid is averaging 21.0 points per game. Four-time NBA rebounding champion Andre Drummond collected 27 rebounds in the first two games before sitting out Sunday with a right ankle injury.

Team president Daryl Morey expressed hope Sunday that Simmons might soon rejoin the 76ers, who earned the top seed in the Eastern Conference last season. Simmons returned to the team during training camp but was kicked out of a practice last Tuesday and subsequently suspended one game. Simmons has since reportedly said he is dealing with personal issues as well as a stiff back.

"He spoke to his teammates. Things seem to be moving very much in a positive direction," Morey said in an interview with NBC Sports Philadelphia before Sunday's game. "We're going to provide all the resources and get Ben what he needs and get him out there as soon as we can."

--Field Level Media

Updated October 25, 2021

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