Knicks' shooting struggles lead to season-low points total in 79-73 loss to 76ers

The Knicks had their worst offensive game of the season against a depleted Philadelphia 76ers squad on Sunday night, losing 79-73 in the process.

Here are the takeaways...

- Fans of high-powered offenses, quick transitions, easy layups and crisp passing and ball security were surely disappointed in the first half of Sunday’s contest between the Knicks and Sixers as nothing came easy offensively for either side in the opening 24 minutes.

Tied at 15-15 after the first quarter thanks to 33 percent shooting (30 percent from three) by New York and an even-worse 30 percent shooting (10 percent from three) by Philadelphia should have been a dead giveaway that it would be a long night for scorers.

- That trend continued in the second quarter, particularly for the Knicks who scored just 16 points to go into halftime with a season-low 31 points. Their top scorer at the break was Donte DiVincenzo with eight points while Jalen Brunson tallied just four points in 15 minutes.

- While Philadelphia outscored New York 22-16 in the quarter, it certainly didn’t put on a masterclass of scoring either as it headed to the locker room scoring just 37 points. And without Joel Embiid and Tyrese Maxey, two of the 76ers’ most prolific scorers, it was up to players like Tobias Harris, Kelly Oubre Jr. and Buddy Hield to find the bottom of the net.

Oubre Jr. had 12 points at halftime to lead all scorers.

- The third quarter resembled more of an NBA game with the offense picking up and shots starting to fall. The biggest benefactor of that on the Knicks was Brunson who had 12 points in the quarter. Still, Philadelphia outscored New York 26-25 to extend their lead going into the final frame.

- The offense was short lived as things reverted back to the way they were in the first half in the fourth quarter with just 33 total points scored combined.

- Neither team shot well, but the Knicks were egregiously bad, shooting 33 percent (26-of-80), including 23 percent (9-of-40) from deep. The amount of threes is also alarming as they basically never deviated from taking them even though the shots weren’t falling all night.

Brunson went 1-for-9 from three, Josh Hart went 1-for-7 from downtown and DiVincenzo finished 3-for-12 from three-point range.


What's next

The Knicks and 76ers will meet again in just two days at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.