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.

Instant Replay: Sixers 99, Pelicans 88

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Instant Replay: Sixers 99, Pelicans 88

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NEW ORLEANS -- The Sixers avoided setting a franchise mark of consecutive road losses with a 99-88 win over the Pelicans in New Orleans.

Prior to Thursday’s victory, the Sixers had lost 23 straight away from Philadelphia. Their last road win was Jan. 20, 2016 against the Magic. They also had dropped 23 consecutive games on the road from March 29 - Dec. 23, 2015. 

The Sixers held Anthony Davis, the NBA’s leading scorer, to 26 points, below his season average of 31.6. They were led by Ersan Ilyasova, who dropped 23 points again after scoring 23 in the Sixers’ last game against the Grizzlies. 

Third-quarter transformation
The Sixers trailed the Pelicans 57-52 at halftime and struck back defensively in the third. They held the Pelicans to 5 for 25 shooting from the field and 2 for 12 from three in the quarter. The Sixers outscored the Pelicans 19-12 in the quarter to regain the lead. 

Inside the box score
• Davis recorded a 26-point, 11-rebound double-double. He shot 8 for 21 from the field, 0 for 2 from three and 10 for 12 from the line. 

• Ilyasova scored 23 points (9 for 16 from the field, 2 for 6 from three, 3 for 4 from the line), eight rebounds and four assists.

• Joel Embiid contributed 14 points (5 for 15 from the field, 0 for 5 from three, 4 for 5 from the line), seven rebounds, two assists, four blocks and three steals in 27 minutes.

• Sergio Rodriguez gave a solid 16 points (6 for 13 from the field, 4 for 8 from three) and eight dimes.

• Nik Stauskas and Dario Saric combined for 27 points off the bench.

• St. Joe’s alum Langston Galloway dropped 19 points (8 for 16 from the field, 3 for 6 from long range) off the Pelicans’ bench.

Trusting the process in New Orleans
It follows Embiid on the road. Fans chanted “trust the process” while he was at the free throw line. The volume was more quiet than at the Wells Fargo Center, but the effort was there nonetheless. 

Injury updates
The Sixers were without Jahlil Okafor, who remained in Philadelphia battling gastroenteritis. Jerryd Bayless also missed the trip because of left wrist soreness. Former Sixer Jrue Holiday sat out with turf toe. 

Up next
The Sixers will return home to Philadelphia to get in some practice before heading back on the road. They will play the Pistons in Detroit on Sunday.

Nerlens Noel joins Sixers in New Orleans, may play Sunday vs. Pistons

Nerlens Noel joins Sixers in New Orleans, may play Sunday vs. Pistons

NEW ORLEANS — Nerlens Noel made another step toward his return from arthroscopic left knee surgery by joining the Sixers in New Orleans for their game against the Pelicans.

Noel arrived on Wednesday with Robert Covington, who is slated to start after missing the last three games with a left knee sprain. Noel is not cleared to play, but Brown doesn’t think it will be long until he suits up. 

“I don’t think far away,” Brown said of Noel’s regular-season debut after shootaround.

When asked about the possibility of Noel playing this weekend when the Sixers face the Pistons on Sunday in Detroit, Brown replied, “Maybe.” 

Noel has missed the entire regular season recovering from elective surgery for an inflamed plica in October. He completed the first phase of his rehab in Birmingham, Ala. and has been continuing his work with the Sixers. This trip to New Orleans is the first time he has been with the Sixers on the road. 

“[He is] integrating with the team, studying a lot of tape, scripting with his teammates with the understanding that we have a chance to see him soon,” Brown said. “All that trying to ramp it up where he can go to an NBA court more comfortably.”

Noel spoke out about his displeasure with the Sixers crowded frontcourt at the start of the preseason. He recently stuck with his stance, saying, “I don’t think the roster’s changed.”

Brown is working to keep the team moving forward as a unit while still being aware of and recognizing Noel’s perspective. 

“It does,” Brown said when asked if Noel’s open frustration concerns him as it pertains to team cohesiveness. “But I feel like it’s so much a part of what we try do around here that it’s not like you’re going to blink and you’ve forgotten something that equals camaraderie, that equals team, that equals trying to keep this together, and you’ve left it for a week … 

“It’s a day-to-day focus for me and it’s a very candid conversation with me and the player. The team hears it, the individual hears it, we all understand it … We need to coexist and we need to understand the reality of it all, too. There’s a human side you understand. It’s also pride, it’s competitiveness, it’s do your job, it’s nothing is given, you’ve got to take stuff, draw your own line in the sand, competitors rule the day.”

Last season Noel averaged 11.1 points and a team-high 8.1 rebounds per game. The Sixers will look forward to having him back on the court in that once-crowded frontcourt that is now shorthanded. Jahlil Okafor remained in Philadelphia with gastroenteritis. Ben Simmons still is rehabbing from a right foot fracture. 

"Soon you’re going to see Ben Simmons coming to a team bench where he doesn’t come out with boots and have to push him in some type of wheely apparatus," Brown said. "We’ve dealt with so many injuries trying to find that balance of dealing with their health and so on, and then trying to integrate them back into a team is part of growing a program."