Philadelphia was facing New York, last in the east, on their own court and lost to them 91-98. Without Luc Mbah a Moute (left knee contusion), Nerlens Noel (illness) et Tony Wroten (partial tear in right ACL, most likely out for rest of season), 76ers were behind trying to catch up the score all game.
After a balanced first quarter (18-18), the Knicks took a 7 point-lead in the 2nd quarter (31-24) to go back to the locker room at 49-42. No reason to panic, especially when Michael Carter-Williams drops buckets (27 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists), helped by a good Robert Convington (17 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists). On the other hand, Carmerlo Anthony leads the battle with 27 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists.
With a bit more of precision and success in their plays, (41% FG vs 37%, 85% FT vs 78%, 26 assists vs 20 and 52 rebounds vs 43) the Knicks will slowly break away in the 3rd quarter (25-20) to enter the last quarter with a 12 points lead. They’ll reach up to 14 points lead before the 76ers close out the gap to 3 points down with 7′. A race against the clock starts and the Knicks resist the 76ers’s assaults. With 1’30 remaining, Robert Covington scores a 3 pointer to bring Philadelphia back 4 points behind (91-87) but New York holds on its lead tight until the end to take the victory home 98-91.