Knicks’ Jalen Brunson praises rising Sixers star Tyrese Maxey after win

PHILADELPHIA–The Philadelphia 76ers were severely shorthanded in Friday’s loss to the New York Knicks. They were missing their star duo of Joel Embiid and James Harden as well as key reserve Danuel House Jr. as they continued to try and find their stride.

Somebody had to take on more responsibility for the Sixers and on Friday, that guy was Tyrese Maxey. The third-year guard had 31 points and made so many big plays on a night when the Sixers needed somebody to step up and make them.

Unfortunately for the Sixers, the efforts came in a 106-104 loss as the Knicks completed a fourth-quarter comeback. Philadelphia wasn’t able to finish the job, but Knicks leading man Jalen Brunson was left feeling impressed with what Maxey did on Friday.

“Everything,” said Brunson of Maxey. “He’s the real deal. He’s only gotten better and better every year. He’s a special player and I don’t see him slowing down any time soon.”

Maxey still has some growing to do, but with his work ethic, he has the ability to really be a star in this league. Brunson sees it. The league sees it. Now, Maxey just has to continue to put the work in and grow.


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Story originally appeared on Sixers Wire