After leaning heavily on their most physically imposing player for most of the game, the Philadelphia 76ers turned to their most diminutive one on the final and deciding play of their Wednesday-night matchup with the New York Knicks. Embiid is winning over 76ers fan with his play, and his dance moves are likely to further endear him to them. The point guard made 4 of 6 shots to go with a game-high seven assists, six rebounds, two steals and two turnovers. If they can somehow pull off a win on Thursday night, the mood in the locker room should improve heading into the upcoming stretch of tough games.
The Sixers, meanwhile, now have more wins (11!) on the season than they had all of last season, and are 3-1 in 2017. Will Carmelo Anthony and Derrick Rose be traded? Enes Kanter scored 19 points and Victor Oladipo added 16 for the Thunder, who won their third straight. "It feels really good". Rose, who finished with 25 points on 11-of-16 shooting, made the right play by kicking the ball out to Justin Holiday, who then made the extra feed to an open Zinger. Last night they blew a 10 point lead with 150 seconds left to the third worst team in the entire National Basketball Association.
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By the time Anthony turned around to find Covington and contest the shot it was too late - Covington was already locked and loaded.
NOTES: Asked before the game why G Derrick Rose wasn't suspended for his unexcused absence Monday, Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said the team determined that a fine was punishment enough. Joakim Noah notched five of those points, including the layup with 8:17 left in the game that put NY up 84-71.