Jalen Brunson got rolling again, but it wasn’t enough as the 76ers refused to miss in the second half and won Game 3 125-114.

After the New York Knicks pulled off a thrilling come-from-behind win in the final minute of action in Game 2, the Philadelphia 76ers made sure to shut the door when the series headed to the City of Brotherly Love.

There was no love lost in the city this time around, though, after a chippy and heated start to the game, which ultimately ended in the Sixers hanging on for a 125-114 win in Game 3 on Thursday night.

The Knicks still lead the series, 2-1, but there will be added intrigue in Sunday’s afternoon Game 4 between the Knicks and Sixers. Philadelphia will be hellbent on evening up the series, while New York can potentially push the Sixers onto the ropes, as the series returns to New York for Game 5.

Joel Embiid led the way in the revenge game. The reigning MVP took over for the Sixers after a closely contested first half. He was nearly unstoppable after the break, scoring 33 of his career playoff-high 50 points over the final two quarters.

Embiid was 8-of-10 overall, including a perfect 5-for-5 from three-point range in the second half. He also converted on 12-of-13 free throws as he helped the Sixers pull away and take control of the game.

Philadelphia led by as much as 15 points early in the fourth quarter. Just when things were looking dire for the Knicks, they started to build some late-game momentum once again. The Knicks managed to trim the deficit down to eight with 4:11 remaining after a pair of Jalen Brunson free throws made it a 115-107 game, but couldn’t get over the hump.

Philadelphia started to cool off, but it was able to hold firm. The Knicks shot the ball well throughout the game and strung together a few three-pointers as they chipped away at the deficit, but they were unable to overtake the Sixers.

Brunson appeared to return to form on Thursday night. After struggling with inefficient performances in each of the first two games against the Sixers, Brunson forced the ball less and made solid plays on both ends of the court.

He racked up 39 points on 13-of-27 shooting after he shot below 31% in each of the first two games. Brunson also dished out 13 assists, but his herculean effort was not enough.

Embiid was on another level, after a rocky start to the game, where he appeared visibly frustrated with officiating.

The Sixers were tagged with a couple of Flagrant-1 fouls early in the chippy, heated contest. At one point, Embiid pulled Robinson down from mid-air and took him down to the floor. He also appeared to hit Isaiah Hartenstein in the groin in the first quarter and made contact with Robinson’s groin in the second quarter.

There were a couple of hold-me-back moments, but the Knicks remained headstrong and led for a good chunk of the first half. They took a narrow 58-55 lead into halftime.

While the Knicks didn’t have an answer for Embiid’s second-half explosion, it also didn’t help that Robinson exited the game with a left ankle injury and didn’t return.

Aside from Brunson, Josh Hart had 20 points, six rebounds, and six assists. OG Anunoby added 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting and four rebounds. Hartenstein had 14 points and four rebounds. Overall, the Knicks shot 44-of-90 (48.9%) as a team and 13-for-30 (43.3%) from beyond the arc.

As for Philadelphia, Tyrese Maxey added 25 points, four rebounds, seven assists, and two steals. Kelly Oubre Jr. had 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting, with seven boards, three assists, and a pair of steals. Cam Payne had a second-quarter surge where he strung together a couple of three-pointers and finished with 11 points off the bench. Philadelphia shot 41-of-75 (54.7%) on the floor, including a 15-of-31 clip from long range (48.4%).

The Knicks will try again to steal one in Philly on Sunday at 1:00 pm EST.

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