Madison Square Garden is rocking once again as the New York Knicks continue their strong start to the season.
With a 112-99 win over the Philadelphia 76ers, the Knicks move to 3-1 on the season and more notably put a halt to their 15-game losing streak against their Atlantic Division rivals, which stretches back to April 2017.
With under five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter and the Knicks in front by 17, the MSG faithful were letting the 76ers have it, with chants of “Where’s Ben Simmons?” ringing out across the arena.
Simmons, who desires a trade out of Philly, has been a thorn in the Knicks’ side since he entered the league, holding a perfect 14-0 record against them, with averages of 15.2 points, 9.1 rebounds, 7.9 assists and 1.1 steals per game. Without him in the lineup, the Knicks got their first win over Philly in nearly five years.
The point guard is yet to suit up for the 76ers this season as he and the organization work towards a resolution, with the three-time All-Star away from the team until he is physically and mentally ready to play.
In his absence, Tobias Harris led the 76ers with 23 points, nine rebounds and nine assists, while Joel Embiid added 14 points and six rebounds as they move to 2-2 on the season.
Kemba Walker put on a show in front of his hometown fans, knocking down five 3-pointers on his way to a team-high 19 points. Julius Randle filled it up with 16 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists and Evan Fournier added 18 points.
The Knicks are back in action on Thursday when they take on the Chicago Bulls on the road, while the 76ers will host the Detroit Pistons on Thursday.