Instant Replay: Knicks 93, Sixers 92

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Instant Replay: Knicks 93, Sixers 92

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The Sixers keep getting closer and closer.

They cut a double-digit deficit to a one-possession game in the final minutes against the New York Knicks before Michael Carter-Williams had a three-pointer rim out at the end of a 93-92 loss. The defeat was the Sixers’ 23rd in a row overall and 18th straight at home.

Turning point
After being down 17 points midway through the fourth quarter, the Sixers battled back and trailed 92-90 with 32.5 seconds to go.

With the ball and a chance to tie or go ahead, James Anderson threw the it away trying to hit Thaddeus Young in the corner for a three-point attempt. It was just the Sixers’ 11th turnover of the game.

Carmelo Anthony was fouled after the turnover and split a pair of free throws to keep the door open for the Sixers. Carter-Williams received the inbounds pass and raced the floor before firing a three from the top of the key that hit the backboard and bounced off the rim prior to rolling out.

Follow the leader
Amar’e Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler both finished with double-doubles. Stoudemire had 22 points and 10 rebounds, while Chandler recorded 17 points and 10 boards.

Despite finishing with 21 points, Anthony did not shoot the ball well. He was just 5 of 16 from the floor in the game.

Carter-Williams flirted with a triple-double. He had 22 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists.

Thaddeus Young scored 21 points, extending his game streak of at least 20 points to five straight.

Stat-egic
The Sixers had a dismal second quarter. They went 5 for 25 from the floor, including 2 for 14 from behind the arc. They tied their season low for points in any quarter this season with 12.

The Sixers were 10 of 41 from three-point range in the game.

Take a bow
Henry Sims had a double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds. Eight of Sims’ rebounds were on the offensive end.

Injury update
Anderson returned to the starting lineup after missing two games with a right quad contusion. Hollis Thompson went to Brett Brown’s bench, allowing Tony Wroten to make his 16th start of the season.

Wroten did not last the entire game. With six minutes to go, the guard rolled his right ankle and needed to be helped off the court.

What’s next?
The Sixers play head to Chicago to face the Bulls on Saturday night.

The Sixers suffered a 102-94 loss to the Bulls on Wednesday. Six Bulls players scored in double figures during the game, led by D.J. Augustin’s 20 off the bench.

Young led all scorers with 24 points in the game.

Without Joel Embiid, Brett Brown eager to see if Sixers can protect the rim

Without Joel Embiid, Brett Brown eager to see if Sixers can protect the rim

CAMDEN, N.J. — The Sixers have been challenged by playing without Joel Embiid in one of two games in a back-to-back series all season. Now they will have to do it in at least the next two straight games. 

“We’re going to be without him tomorrow (against the Clippers) and in Milwaukee and we’ll go from there,” Brett Brown said after practice Monday. 

Embiid, who was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week, suffered a left knee contusion in Friday’s win over the Trail Blazers. He did not travel with the team to Atlanta on Saturday for the back-to-back series. 

Brown called the decision “precautionary.” Embiid did not practice on Monday but took some light shots after. He was pre-scheduled to sit out on Wednesday against the Bucks in accordance with his limitations for consecutive games. 

The standout rookie leaves a glaring hole on the court when he misses games. The Sixers are 2-10 when he does not play. For all the ways Embiid dominates at the basket (22.4 points over the last 10 games), there is an obvious difference on the defensive end without him. 

“It’s still about our defense, it’s still about running, it’s still about sharing the ball,” Brown said. “I think you go with Jahlil (Okafor) and Nerlens (Noel) and challenge them in relation to rim protection and what Joel provides us. The group around them also has got to perform at a higher level when you don’t have Joel. I think that second group that we have been playing, led by Nerlens really can take on a far greater defensive identity than it has recently, and Nerlens will be the captain of that.”

This is a time when the Sixers’ logjam at the five-spot actually helps them. Brown still has three true centers to turn to, in addition to power forwards Ersan Ilyasova and Dario Saric, whom he could slide into the position if they go small. Brown sees a silver lining for his bigs in the uphill battle of playing without Embiid. 

“It definitely hurts the team, how can we spin it any other way?” Brown said. “But like anything, you’re going to now look at Nerlens and Jahlil. This is fantastic for those two. It could prove, based on some things, Richaun (Holmes) sees daylight a little bit. 

“There aren’t many teams, I would suspect, that have the ability to roll out three young guys when somebody like Joel goes down and look forward to watching them develop more, look forward to giving them the opportunity to play NBA minutes.”

Okafor has been receiving the start when Embiid is out. (He has been out of the rotation when Embiid does play.) Okafor, though, is dealing with right knee soreness he experienced on Saturday. The Sixers kept an eye on him Monday and held him out of 5-on-5 drills in practice. Okafor said the team was being cautious, and he wanted to rest his knee given the number of games coming up. He is listed as probable against the Clippers.

“It was bothering me a little bit in the warmup lines, I started to feel it. When I got going it started feeling really good, then when I sat out for an extended period it got kind of (got) sore on me again,” Okafor explained. “Today they were trying to make sure I could get back to being a hundred percent because they knew that my knee was bothering me. They haven’t really told me what the plan was for tomorrow. Today was really focused on getting me back to being healthy.”

The Clippers are shorthanded as well. Blake Griffin has been sidelined since Dec. 18 because of a right knee procedure and Chris Paul had surgery to repair a ligament tear in his left thumb. Griffin could make his return against the Sixers.

Embiid's honor
Embiid's Player of the Week honor is rare for a rookie. He's only the third Sixers rookie ever to win it, joining Allen Iverson and Michael Carter-Williams.

The last Sixer before Embiid to be named Eastern Conference Player of the Week was Thaddeus Young in January 2014. 

The Sixers won all three games Embiid played last week. He averaged 22.0 points, 10.3 rebounds and 3.7 blocks.

Joel Embiid doubtful Tuesday vs. Clippers with left knee injury

Joel Embiid doubtful Tuesday vs. Clippers with left knee injury

Joel Embiid did not practice on Monday and is listed as doubtful for the Sixers' game Tuesday against the Clippers.

Embiid hyperextended his left knee in the Sixers' 93-92 win over the Blazers Friday. He said after the game that the knee was fine, but the Sixers are clearly exercising caution with their young star center. Embiid will also rest on Wednesday against the Bucks.

"I knew it was OK. I just landed the wrong way," Embiid said Friday. "I'm great. The knee's fine. They did an MRI and stuff, everything looked good."

The Sixers are calling it a left knee contusion. They're 13-17 when Embiid plays and 2-10 without him.

Jahlil Okafor (right knee soreness) was limited at Monday's practice but is probable to play the Clippers.

Okafor had 12 points, four rebounds and three blocks in 30 minutes in Saturday's 110-93 loss at Atlanta.

CSN Philly's Jessica Camerato contributed to this report.