The Philadelphia 76ers are going one direction and the New York Knicks the other, ably demonstrated as the hosts defeated the visitors from the North 108-92 at the Wells Fargo Center.
Leading the way for the 76ers was Dario Saric, as the 23-year old power forward from Sibenik, Croatia ended the contest with a game high 24 points while pulling down four rebounds and passing out an assist.
Philadelphia has won four straight games and is in the thick of the Eastern Conference Playoff race.
The 76ers have a record of 29-25 on the season and are in seventh place in the East, percentage points in front of the Miami Heat, and only three and a half games behind the Cleveland Cavaliers for third place in the Eastern Conference. As anticipated this Playoff race will be tight until the end.
T.J. McConnell came off the bench to shine for Philadelphia, as the 25-year old point guard who played college ball for both Duquesne and Arizona scored ten points grabbed ten rebounds and dishing out 11 assists for a triple-double. McConnell was four steals away from a quadruple-double for the game.
New York continues to be in free fall, as the visitors have now lost a league worst seven straight games and have only won two of their past ten contests.
The Knicks head back to New York to welcome the Washington Wizards on Wednesday.
Meanwhile Philadelphia will end their five-game home stand with the Miami Heat coming to town on Wednesday.
The 76ers are 8/1 to win the Eastern Conference this season, Cleveland are 4/9 with the Boston Celtics at 5/2.
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