In a matchup marked by struggle on both sides of the ball, the Knicks lost their second consecutive game, falling 117-91 to the Sixers.

Coming off a disappointing loss to the Detroit Pistons, the Knicks’ struggles took a turn for the worst in an embarrassing 117-91 road loss to the Philadelphia 76ers. After a three-game win streak, the Knicks have fallen back to reality and dropped back-to-back games.

Let’s take a look at what went down in tonight’s contest.


The Negatives: Shooting Woes

As a team, the Knicks shot a dismal 34.8 percent (32-for-92) from the field and 20.7 percent (6-of-29) from beyond the arc. This dismal shooting performance marked the lowest field-goal percentage for the Knicks in a game this season. The following box scores offer a glimpse into the Knicks’ shooting struggles. It sure wasn’t pretty.

  • Tim Hardaway Jr.: five points (1-of-11)
  • Emmanuel Mudiay: three points (1-for-5)
  • Frank Ntilikina: zero points (0-of-5)
  • Allonzo Trier: eight points (3-of-11)

 

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Defensive Struggles

If you thought the offense was bad, the defense was right on par. The Knicks struggled on the defensive side of the ball, allowing the Sixers to shoot 54 percent (47-of-87) from the field and a staggering 48 percent (11-16) from three.

The Process: Achieved

If you haven’t already bought into the process, it’s time to get on board. Joel Embiid’s MVP-caliber season took another step in the right direction with a dominant performance over the Knicks. Embiid dominated all aspects of the game, posting 26 points. He was a constant menace down low, forcing Mitchell Robinson and Noah Vonleh into foul trouble early in the game. The Knicks simply had no answer for Embiid, and being placed in a situation where Enes Kanter was required to guard him certainly did not help.

Ntilikina—The Odd Man Out?

According to Chris Vernon of The Ringer, people in the Knicks organization are reportedly “out” on Ntilikina and pessimistic about his future with the team. Although this is just speculation, his play tonight certainly didn’t help.

The French Prince continued to struggle with his shot, going 0-of-5 from the field and failing to post a single point in just 14 minutes of play. This also marks the fourth game in a row in which Ntilikina has recorded 15 or fewer minutes. What looked like a promising start to the season for Ntilikina has quickly turned into a nightmare.

The Positives: Super Mario Star Power Activated

After struggling in the past few contests, Hezonja arguably posted one of his best games in a Knick uniform, recording a team-high 17 points (7-of-15) as well as five rebounds and four steals. In an all-around ugly evening for the Knicks, Hezonja was one of the few bright spots.

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Although much of his production came in garbage time, Dotson continues to impress when given the opportunity. Dotson dropped 16 points (6-for-11) and was the only Knick to post a positive plus-minus rating in the game. After missing four straight games due to coach’s decision, Dotson looks to have returned to his earlier season form.

 

With this loss, the Knicks fall to 7-16 on the season and currently 12th in the Eastern Conference standings. The Knicks are back in action on Saturday, December 1, as they take on the Milwaukee Bucks at the Garden.