Kemba Walker powered the Knicks to their first win over the Sixers in over four years thanks to a hot stretch in the third quarter.
After scraping by in the first quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers, New York Knicks point guard Kemba Walker put his team on his back, scoring at will in the middle two periods to help the ‘Bockers down Philly for the first time since April 12th, 2017.
Walker finished with 19 points, five assists, a pair of steals, and a block as the Knicks beat the Sixers on national television 112-99. New York outscored Philadelphia 67-46 in the second and third quarters combined, giving enough of a margin for the Knicks to stand steady by the fourth quarter.
The Knicks, at 3-1, face the East’s best right now—the undefeated Chicago Bulls on Thursday, flexed to national television (NBATV). A revamped Bulls squad with Lonzo Ball and DeMar DeRozan will be the next test after the Knicks had no trouble downing a Ben Simmons-less Sixers (still with intimidating Joel Embiid around).
After squandering a lead late in the game against the Orlando Magic on Sunday, the Knicks took care of business on Tuesday, albeit getting outscored in three of the four quarters. A huge second quarter (39-16) boosted New York enough to withstand Philly’s failed comeback.