The Knicks survived a hellacious game 2 with one of the most improbable playoff comeback victories of all time.

The New York Knicks (2-0) won one of the wildest postseason games in recent memory against the Philadelphia 76ers (0-2) by a final score of 104-101.

Thanks to a last-minute three-pointer from Jalen Brunson bouncing in followed by clutch rebounding and clutch shooting from Donte DiVincenzo, the Knicks managed to survive another bad game from Brunson and come back to win a thriller.

After getting questionable tags ahead of the game, Tyrese Maxey (illness) and Joel Embiid (knee injury management) started for the Sixers.

The loudly tipped-off first opened with some great defense from both teams, with tons of activity focused on Brunson and Embiid especially. Isaiah Hartenstein picked up a foul early, though, a bad sign if New York wanted to stay with Embiid in the first quarter. Maxey hit the first three shots of the contest, three balls, to get Philadelphia an early 9-0 lead. Josh Hart finally got the Knicks on the board with a transition basket, attacking Embiid. DiVincenzo also finally hit a three after he struggled in Game 1 from distance. But, New York was struggling to cut off the water for Embiid and Maxey. Brunson finally hit his first shot with four minutes left in the quarter, which was followed by a pause in play due to a collision between Embiid and Hart. Hart continued to be impactful on offense with Brunson’s struggles and some stifling Sixers defense, which helped to keep them in the contest despite Embiid rolling against New York’s center rotation. Despite these struggles, the Knicks were only down seven through the first 12 minutes of play.

Sloppiness was the theme of the first, along with some more poor Brunson shooting. The Knicks desperately needed one of him or DiVincenzo to get hot and to win the Embiid-less minutes. Things looked less than inspiring for Brunson to open the second as he kept forcing shots. Deuce McBride and Hart seemed to be the only Knicks with anything going from the floor, but defensively, they just could not contain Maxey from three. However, the offense had more of a rhythm with McBride on the floor speeding things up with Hart. A technical foul assessed to Embiid after he pushed DiVincenzo under the hoop had the chance to be the catalyst for the Knicks to finally get an advantage in the contest. Brunson got a little hot, a welcome sign as the team needed his scoring to stay close in this one. But, it was Hart who kept them in the game on both ends of the floor, recording a nice block on Nic Batum earlier in the period to stop a three and hitting a few threes of his own, including a big one to pull them to within three. Brunson then hit a free throw to keep them to within four to close the half, giving them ample opportunity to get back and get their first lead of the game in the third.

The third opened with a quick Embiid score from the nail, but that was responded to with some great give-and-go between Brunson and Hartenstein. A stop on the other end got a shot open for Anunoby, which brought them to within two. Finally, a Brunson two-tied things up, and things were evened up. The Knicks still looked too stagnant to make a run early in the third, and that was opening things up for Embiid and Maxey to keep torching them. It was pretty back and forth despite that discombobulated effort from Brunson and the offense, though, but it felt like they were on the precipice of figuring things out over and over again with no payoff. DiVincenzo started heating up and got New York to within one with about five minutes left in the third with a tough finish at the cup. Another tough finish from Brunson after that got them their first lead of the night with about four to go. Philadelphia tied things up again with a Batum three, and Paul Reed tipped the ball in after a Maxey miss to get the lead back. Hartenstein hit a circus shot to tie things up again with about two minutes to go and got the lead back with him shooting at the nail as well. Hartenstein, and some excellent team defense, helped New York maintain a five-point lead heading into the fourth.

A deep breath later, and the Knicks were starting the fourth with hopes of maintaining a lead. Embiid again opened the period with a quick jumper, and after the Sixers showed zone on two straight Knicks possessions, head coach Tom Thibodeau called a quick timeout. Bogdanovic hit a three out of that timeout and thanks to two big offensive boards from Mitchell Robinson, and another three from the Croatian sniper extended their lead to seven with about nine minutes to go. Philadelphia managed to climb back to within three due to some poor ball handling from Anunoby and Robinson, but a nice jumper from Brunson with about six to go extended the lead to five again. Very quickly though, the Sixers tied things up again with about three to go thanks to a Maxey sprint up the floor. A questionable overturning of a foul call on Kyle Lowry against DiVincenzo when the Sixers were down one led to a Maxey jumper that got them back the lead by one. Another Maxey shot, a three, gave them a four point lead with a minute to go in regulation. Brunson then hit a humongous three-pointer, followed by an even bigger offensive board that led to a DiVincenzo three. These two shots got the Knicks back the lead by one with 13 seconds left. One stop was all they needed after an absolutely sensational sequence of events.

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And that they got. A Hartenstein block stopped Maxey from hitting a layup, and Anunoby secured the rebound. He hit both clutch free throws and the Knicks won a wild Game 2 to take a 2-0 series lead heading into Philadelphia on Thursday.

Despite an inefficient night from Brunson, he finished up with 24 points along with eight rebounds, and six assists. Hart had another stellar night, scoring 21 and grabbing 15 boards. He also had three assists, two blocks, and two steals. DiVincenzo had 19 points, four rebounds, three assists, and two steals. Hartenstein had 14 points, eight rebounds, four assists, and four steals. Anunoby finished up with a quiet 10 points, four rebounds, one assist, and one block.

McBride had nine points, two assists, one rebound, and one loud steal, while Robinson had four rebounds, one assist, and one point. Bogdanovic had six points and two assists.

The Knicks now travel to Philadelphia for Game 3 with a 2-0 lead, with tip-off scheduled for 7:30 PM EST at Wells Fargo Center.

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