Instant Replay: Knicks 123, Sixers 110

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Instant Replay: Knicks 123, Sixers 110

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NEW YORK -- The Sixers’ skid kept on rolling Monday night with a 123-110 loss to the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden.

The Sixers have now lost 17 consecutive games and are creeping up on the franchise record of 20 straight defeats by the 1972-73 club.

Turning point
Carmelo Anthony had 11 points at halftime. Anthony came out of intermission and scored another 11 points in the third quarter alone.

The Knicks outscored the Sixers, 30-24, in the third quarter.

On the very first play of the fourth quarter, Tim Hardaway Jr. made the Knicks’ 10th three pointer of the game to push their lead to 94-85.

The Sixers never got any closer the rest of the way.

Follow the leader
Hardaway scored 28 points for the Knicks. Amar’e Stoudemire totaled 23 points, while Anthony and J.R. Smith each finished with 22.

Despite the loss, the Sixers had a number of guys play well. Michael Carter-Williams finished with 23 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists for his second career triple-double.

James Anderson was 6 of 8 in the first half for 14 points. However, Anderson added just three points in the second half.

Tony Wroten followed up his career-high 30-point effort Saturday with 23 against the Knicks on Monday.

Stat-egic
Brett Brown talks a lot about Carter-Williams and Wroten ability to attack the rim.

The two guards did just that Monday night and were rewarded with trips to the foul line. The pair combined to go 13 of 17 at the free throw line. The Sixers were 18 of 25 from the stripe overall.

Take a bow
Henry Sims made his presence felt in the middle. The Sixers’ starting center made his first four shots and scored 10 points in 20 minutes of work. He also added three rebounds and three assists.

Sims played very little in the second half, as Brown rotated in other big men like Arnett Moultrie. Moultrie scored eight points in 14 second-half minutes and grabbed four rebounds.

What’s next?
The Sixers host the Sacramento Kings Wednesday night. The Kings have 22 wins this season and have dropped two in a row prior to facing the Pistons on Tuesday.

The Sixers picked up a 113-104 win over the Kings on Jan. 2 when they were in the middle of their season-long four-game winning streak. Thaddeus Young led the Sixers with 28 points in that game, while Wroten came off the bench to score 21 points.

NBA Notes: Dion Waiters signs 1-year deal with Heat

NBA Notes: Dion Waiters signs 1-year deal with Heat

Two people with knowledge of the situation tell The Associated Press that the Miami Heat have agreed to terms on a one-year deal with free agent guard Dion Waiters.

The two sides came to agreement on Monday. Waiters will make $2.9 million. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the team has not announced the deal.

Waiters averaged 9.8 points for the Oklahoma City Thunder last year, but had several big games in the playoffs. He played particularly well against Dallas and San Antonio in the playoffs before his role was reduced in the seven-game loss to the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference finals.

Waiters will give the Heat another scorer off the bench (see full story).

Blazers: C.J. McCullom inked to four-year extension
PORTLAND, Ore. -- A person familiar with the deal confirms that guard CJ McCollum has agreed to a four-year, $106 million contract extension with the Portland Trail Blazers.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity on Monday because the deal hadn't been formally announced by the team. It was first reported by Yahoo Sports.

McCollum, who was named the NBA's Most Improved Player, averaged 20.8 points, 3.2 rebounds and 4.3 assists for the Blazers during the regular season. He raised his scoring average by more than 14 points over the previous season.

As the 10th overall pick for the Blazers in the 2013 draft, McCollum bided his time on the bench for his first two seasons. He became a starter in the backcourt with Damian Lillard last season after four of the team's starters departed in the offseason (see full story).

Michael Jordan donates $2 million to ease racial tensions
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Michael Jordan is trying to help ease tension between African-Americans and law enforcement.

The NBA great and Charlotte Hornets owner said Monday he's giving $1 million to the Institute for Community-Police Relations and $1 million to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. The aim is to help build trust following several shootings around the country.

Jordan says in a statement to The Associated Press on Monday that "as a proud American, a father who lost his own dad in a senseless act of violence, and a black man, I have been deeply troubled by the deaths of African-Americans at the hands of law enforcement and angered by the cowardly and hateful targeting and killing of police officers," (see full story).

Sixers officially sign guard Brandon Paul

Sixers officially sign guard Brandon Paul

The Sixers continued to add to their roster Monday, announcing the signing of guard Brandon Paul. 

Paul participated on the Sixers' summer league squad in Las Vegas, where he averaged 10.7 points, 3.2 rebounds and 0.7 assists in 19.5 minutes. He also played for the Hornets in Utah. 

The 25-year-old went undrafted out Illinois in 2013 and has been playing overseas and in the D-League since then. Last season, he led FIATC Joventut (Spain) in scoring with 13.2 points per game. Paul also has been a member of the Canton Charge (D-League) and Nizhny Novgorod (Russia). 

Next season he could play for the Sixers' Development League affiliate, the Delaware 87ers. 

Paul is one of several offseason additions for the Sixers. The team has signed Ben Simmons, Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot, Dario Saric, Jerryd Bayless, Gerald Henderson, Sergio Rodriguez, James Webb III and Shawn Long. The Sixers also have reportedly agreed to a deal with Cat Barber. 

Charles Barkley: Sixers can be 'really good, really quickly'

Charles Barkley: Sixers can be 'really good, really quickly'

Charles Barkley is jumping on the Sixers bandwagon.

"I think the Sixers gonna get really good, really quickly, but it all depends on (Joel) Embiid," Barkley said. "They're not gonna win a championship the next couple years, but I think they can really become a perrenial playoff team in the next three years."

Sounds good, right? Not so fast. There are a lot of "ifs" according to Barkley. 

Most of those "ifs" ride on the health of center Joel Embiid. If the big man gets healthy, and the Sixers can resolve the "glutton of big guys," Barkley likes the Sixers chances.

"I think the most important thing they need to figure out is if Joel Embiid is going to be healthy. ... I like (Jahlil) Okafor and I like (Nerlens) Noel, but they gotta figure out if Joel Embiid is going to be healthy. 

"I like Ben Simmons, but that team's got a long way to go," Barkley said.

To hear more of Barkley's thoughts on the Sixers' future, watch the full video above.