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: Knicks 110, Sixers 109

Instant Replay: Knicks 110, Sixers 109

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NEW YORK -- A 17-point game came down to the final possessions. 

The Knicks squeaked out a 110-109 victory, holding on to this one after suffering a buzzer-beating loss to the Sixers on Jan. 11. 

The Knicks squandered a double-digit lead in the fourth as the Sixers slowly chipped away at their lead at the line. The Sixers got within one, 106-105, when T.J. McConnell drained a three after a series of Sixers’ free throws. 

Jahlil Okafor scored a go-ahead basket during a hustling Sixers possession with nine seconds remaining to give the Sixers a 109-108 lead. 

In the end, it was Carmelo Anthony, who had been running up the scoreboard all night (37 points), that nailed the game-winning jumper over Robert Covington. Kyle O’Quinn picked off the Sixers' final inbound attempt. 

Inside the box score
Okafor finished with a season-high 28 points and 10 rebounds. He had 8 rebounds in first half, including a coast-to-coast fast break.

Dario Saric continues his strong Rookie of the Year push. He finished with 19 points, 15 rebounds and five assists. 

Robert Covington struggled from the field overall (7 of 19, 2 of 11 from three) but filled up the stat sheet with 20 points, 10 rebounds, three steals and two blocks.

Anthony did what Anthony does. He scored 37 points on 15 of 25 from the field, including the game-winner.

Anderson debuts
Justin Anderson made his Sixers debut in the first quarter. Anderson is a multi-positional player and the lineup reflected that. He first played with Rodriguez, Stauskas, Covington and Holmes. Anderson played 3:47 and went 0 for 1 from three with a rebound and a foul. 

While Anderson said he had learned about the Sixers by watching his first game from the bench, he will get more on-the-court experience on Sunday when he plans to spend time at the training complex on the team’s off day. 

Bigs Convene
Joel Embiid was with the Sixers in New York. After the second quarter ended, he stayed on the court to talk with Kristaps Porzingis and Joakim Noah. Both Knicks big men also were sidelined on Saturday.

Trust It
T.J. McConnell isn’t the only to #trustthefriendship with Saric. Check out this no-look pass to Robert Covington. 

Up next
The Sixers have a day to bounce back from this loss. The 48-9 Warriors come to town on Monday. 

Sixers-Knicks 5 Things: Sixers hope to remain hot after All-Star break

Sixers-Knicks 5 Things: Sixers hope to remain hot after All-Star break

The Sixers (22-35) finish off a back-to-back set out of the All-Star break when they the New York Knicks (23-35) at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m./CSN, CSNPhilly.com and the NBC Sports app).

Let's take a closer look at the matchup.

1. Starting out strong
So much for having nine days off and players in new roles negatively impacting the team.

The Sixers stormed into the home stretch of the season with a 120-112 win over the Washington Wizards. Seven different players scored in double figures for the Sixers, as they knocked off the Eastern Conference's No. 3 seed.

Perhaps no player had a bigger impact on the game than Richaun Holmes. The backup big man notched the first double-double of his career with 12 points and 10 rebounds. He also added a career-best five blocks.

"I try to approach every game this season the same way, whether everybody was playing or people were hurt," Holmes said. "Prepare like I'm going to play 30 minutes a game. I think having that mindset helped me to stay ready at all times and be aggressive when I had a chance."

2. Young guns
Injuries will prevent another juicy clash between Joel Embiid and Kristaps Porzingis, but there will still be two other young players to keep an eye Saturday night.

Dario Saric and Willy Hernangomez have been two of the most impressive rookies this season, especially since the calendar flipped to February.

Saric has averaged 16.4 points, 7.3 boards and 2.2 assists this month. He's coming off a 20-point, 11-rebound performance against the Wizards for his third straight double-double.

Hernangomez has put up 11.0 points, 9.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists a night in February. The center, who was actually drafted 35th overall in 2015 by the Sixers before being traded, recorded 11 points and 10 rebounds in the Knicks' 119-104 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday.

Saturday's clash could go a long way toward determining Rookie of the Month honors for the East.

3. A Rose is but a Rose
Derrick Rose will never be considered among the league's top assist men. That's simply not his style of play.

When the oft-injured Rose has his game flowing, it starts with scoring, particularly against the Sixers.

In 18 career matchups with the Sixers, Rose has averaged 20.7 points. He's also put up 6.6 assists and 3.9 rebounds in those contests.

Rose scored 25 points on 11 of 16 shooting in the Knicks' first meeting with the Sixers this season back on Jan. 12.

That typically would have been enough to say he won the point guard battle that night, but T.J. McConnell's buzzer-beating jumper stole the show in the Sixers' 98-97 win.

4. Injuries
Embiid (knee), Tiago Splitter (calf), Ben Simmons (foot) Jerryd Bayless (wrist) are out for the Sixers.

Joakim Noah (hamstring) is a game-time decision. Porzingis (ankle) is out for the Knicks.

5. This and that
• The Sixers' win over the Knicks in their last meeting snapped a five-game skid in the series.

• The Sixers had 28 assists in their win over the Wizards. They are eighth in the NBA with 23.6 assists a night.

• The Knicks are fourth in the NBA in rebounding with 46.0 boards per game.