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.

Report: Sixers finalizing trade to send Ilyasova to Hawks for Spiltter, 2nd-round picks

Report: Sixers finalizing trade to send Ilyasova to Hawks for Spiltter, 2nd-round picks

The Sixers are trading a frontcourt player before the deadline … just not the one people expected.

According to The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Sixers are finalizing a trade to send Ersan Ilyasova to the Atlanta Hawks for center Tiago Splitter and two second-round picks.

Ilyasova, acquired from Oklahoma City on Nov. 1, has averaged 14.3 points and 5.9 rebounds this season. However, he has struggled lately, shooting just 30.9 percent from the field over the last five games before the All-Star break.

The move also allows Sixers rookie Dario Saric to receive even more playing time and experience as the team heads down the home stretch of the regular season.

Sixers look forward to results of Ben Simmons' CT scan Thursday

Sixers look forward to results of Ben Simmons' CT scan Thursday

CAMDEN, N.J. — Thursday is significant for the Sixers beyond the trade deadline. It is also the day of Ben Simmons' CT scan to evaluate how his right foot is healing.

"I feel like tomorrow at some point we're all going to be able to lay out a more genuine plan for him," Brett Brown said Wednesday. "I feel like we're going to be good to go with some greater news and a more advanced detail of his plans after this scan."

Once all parties involved assess the results, the team will provide an update, which may not be Thursday. Simmons has been sidelined all season after suffering a Jones fracture during the final scrimmage of training camp. 

On Wednesday, he went through his individual workout plan, which included five-on-none scripting with teammates.

"He's still getting a feel for all of us," Nerlens Noel said. "He's learning to throw it up to me, bounce pass to whoever. It's learning certain tendencies that'll make you start to feel more a part of the team."

The Sixers have not placed a timetable on Simmons' return. The first overall pick has not been cleared for full contact five-on-five practice, the next step in his recovery. Prior to the All-Star break, Brown said he expects Simmons will play at some point this season. He stands by that projection with 26 games remaining. 

"I personally would like to see him play this season. I don't backpedal from that," Brown said. "I think my comments are really very much influenced by his reciprocal desire to play this year, which we all respect. Everybody's got clandestine conspiracy theories on why he might not want to play. I know in my heart and speaking to him, he wants to get on a court and play basketball again.

"I hope he can do that, too. If for some reason he can't, we'll deal with it. But I think it would help him to play NBA basketball and get his competitive juices going again if the doctors point us in that direction."

Simmons' teammates are ready to welcome him into the mix when he is given the green light. Their limited glimpses into his talent have them eager for his debut.

"Unlimited potential," Noel said. "I think with Ben, the thing that makes him so special is his IQ for the game, a sixth sense on the court. Him being able to find little things that not very many 6-10 guys can find. I think that's going to propel his game and make him a special player in this league." 

Added Joel Embiid: "I'm excited ... I thought he was our best player in training camp."