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Hollis Thompson scores without touching the ball (video)


The 76ers thrashed the Pistons on their own court last night.

But Philadelphia added a little good fortune in its 97-79 win.

Detroit forward Stanley Johnson deflected a pass late in the third quarter – right through the hoop. Hollis Thompson, as the closest 76er, received credit for the basket.

Bojan Bogdanovic scores 44, most by Net in Brooklyn era

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NEW YORK (AP) — Bojan Bogdanovic scored a career-high 44 points and the Brooklyn Nets had a season-high scoring total in a 131-114 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night.

Sean Kilpatrick had 19 points, Brook Lopez added 18 points and 10 rebounds, and Thaddeus Young finished with 14 points and 16 rebounds for the Nets.

Isaiah Canaan led the 76ers with 20 points, while Nerlens Noel, Ish Smith and Nik Stauskas each had 18.

Bogdanovic’s previous career high was 28 points against Orlando last April 15. His total was the most for a Nets player since Deron Williams scored 57 on March 4, 2012, and the most by any Nets player since the team moved to Brooklyn prior to the 2012-13 season.

Smith opened the scoring with a 3-pointer, but the Nets scored the next seven points and never gave up the lead.

Brooklyn was ahead 32-15 after the first quarter and Bogdanovic’s running layup with 2:45 left in the second quarter gave the Nets a 63-40 lead.

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The 76ers managed to pull to 71-51 at halftime, but the Nets opened a game-high 24-point lead, 84-60, on Lopez’s jumper with 7:45 remaining in the third quarter.

Philadelphia got within 15 points on Hollis Thompson‘s free throw with 1:16 remaining in the quarter and trailed 100-83 heading into the fourth quarter.

The 76ers opened the final quarter on a 16-8 run and pulled to 108-99 on Thompson’s layup and foul shot with 8:04 remaining.

However, the Nets scored the next four points and never led by less than 11 the rest of the way.

Shane Larkin added 10 points for the Nets.

Thompson finished with 14 and Carl Landry had 10 points for the 76ers.


76ers: Philadelphia has lost 15 of its last 16 games. The Sixers’ only victory during this stretch was against the Nets, 95-89 on March 11 at home. … The 76ers have lost seven of their last eight roads games to the Nets.

Nets: The victory tied the season series with Philadelphia 2-2. The Nets have not lost three games in a season to the 76ers since 2010-11. … The Nets previous high for the season was 128 against Sacramento on Feb. 5.


76ers: Host Washington on Thursday night.

Nets: At Chicago on Thursday night.

NBA: 76ers incorrectly denied potential game-winning FTs against Knicks

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In the Knicks win over the 76ers yesterday, Carmelo Anthony hit a clutch 3-pointer to send the game to overtime – once Philadelphia failed to score on the other end.

But the 76ers, if the final moments were called correctly, probably would have scored.

Isaiah Canaan missed a 3-pointer in the final seconds, but Lou Amundson should’ve been called for fouling Nerlens Noel going for the rebound with 1.3 seconds left, according to the NBA’s Last Two Minute Report:

Amundson (NYK) pushes Noel (PHI) into Thomas (NYK) affecting his ability to retrieve the rebound.

The Knicks were in the penalty. So, a correct call would’ve given Noel – a 60% career free-throw shooter – two attempts. If that represented his true odds, he would’ve had an 84% chance of making at least one.

Of course, the Knicks could’ve gotten a final attempt to score themselves.

Instead, they settled for three missed calls in their favor in overtime.

The first missed call in overtime actually favored Philadelphia.

Not only should Jose Calderon not have been called for fouling Canaan, Canaan fouled Calderon first:

Canaan (PHI) hooks Calderon (NYK) on the spin move.

Calderon (NYK) cleanly strips the ball from Canaan (PHI).

The Knicks also got away with an illegal Amundson screen a couple minutes later:

Amundson (NYK) sets the hand-off screen on Canaan (PHI) without giving him room to avoid the contact.

But the Knicks missed the subsequent shot anyway, and Melo committed a foul just after Philadelphia grabbed the rebound. So, the uncalled illegal screen was pretty inconsequential.

But the tide turned against the 76ers from there.

Arron Afflalo drew a shooting foul on Jerami Grant with 1:31 left in the first overtime – an error according to league:

Grant (PHI) maintains legal guarding position as he defends Afflalo’s (NYK) driving shot attempt. Any contact on the play is initiated by Afflalo.

Afflalo made both free throws.

Then, Carmelo should’ve been called for fouling Hollis Thompson on an inbound with 10.2 seconds left:

Anthony (NYK) holds Thompson (PHI) affecting his FOM during the inbounds play.

That would’ve given the 76ers a free throw by their choice of player on the court plus the ball.

The possession still turned out well for Philadelphia, as Robert Covington hit a game-tying 3-pointer to force a second overtime. With a correct foul preceding, that could’ve been a game-winner. Or maybe the possession would’ve unfolded completely differently. Butterfly effect and all.

Finally, in the second overtime, New York guard Langston Galloway made a layup with 3:05 left. But his teammate, Robin Lopez, freed him by committing an uncalled foul on Noel:

Lopez (NYK) grabs Noel’s (PHI) arm affecting his ability to defend

Galloway’s shot put the Knicks up for good.

NBA teams played six overtimes in 10 games yesterday. There were bound to be some missed calls. The 76ers can’t know they would’ve won with correct calls, but they can join the Jazz and Celtics as teams that feel a little mistreated.

76ers 2-1 with Ish Smith, 1-30 without him


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Ish Smith scored five of his 18 points over the final 3 1/2 minutes and Jerami Grant made three late free throws to help lift the Philadelphia 76ers to a 110-105 win over the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night.

The 76ers have won two of their past three games since acquiring Smith in a trade with New Orleans, improving their NBA-worst record to 3-31. Nerlens Noel had a season-high 20 points with nine rebounds while Grant finished with 16 points, a career-best 11 rebounds and five blocked shots.

Isaiah Canaan scored 15 points for Philadelphia, and reserve Hollis Thompson had 12.

DeMarcus Cousins had 21 points and 11 rebounds for Sacramento but fouled out with 1:47 left.

Porzingis, Knicks beat 76ers as Okafor sits with suspension


NEW YORK (AP) — Kristaps Porzingis soared, Jahlil Okafor sat.

At this point, the New York Knicks must be pleased with the way things went in the NBA draft.

Porzingis had 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Knicks to a 99-87 victory Wednesday night over the Philadelphia 76ers, who played without the suspended rookie they took one pick ahead of Porzingis.

Porzingis had his ninth double-double of the season, tops among rookies and sixth in the NBA. His 6-of-10 performance included 2-for-2 shooting from 3-point range and a fourth-quarter dunk when he blew by Nerlens Noel on the perimeter.

Sixers coach Brett Brown, an Australian who coached internationally for years, said Porzingis’ combination of skills reminded him of players such as Dirk Nowitzki and Toni Kukoc.

“That’s a hell of a good pick and I think that his upside is going to be kind of whatever he wants it to be,” Brown said.

Knicks coach Derek Fisher sees the same unlimited potential.

“I think it’s a blank canvas and he can be as great as he wants to be,” Fisher said.

The 76ers selected Okafor third, and Porzingis went next to New York. Based on the Latvian’s impressive play on the court and Okafor’s troubles off it, the Knicks must have no regrets.

A night after winning for the first time this season, the 76ers suspended their leading scorer after the release of a second video provided details of his fight in Boston he hadn’t revealed to them.

Philadelphia attempted 30 3-pointers and made just nine, turning more toward a perimeter game without the 17.2 points per game Okafor provides.

“I could definitely tell they were missing somebody and that was him,” Porzingis said.

Brown had spoken to Okafor after the release of the first video on TMZ showed him fighting in Boston on the night of a loss to the Celtics last month. Brown said he was surprised by what he saw in the new one.

“As far as the play-by-play of what happened, he did not go into that,” Brown said. “Today we learned more and the thing I do say is when I spent time with Jahlil in his room today, he is ashamed, he’s embarrassed and this has caught him off guard.”

Hollis Thompson scored 13 points for the 76ers, who ended their record-tying 0-18 start and their 28-game skid dating to last season that was the longest in major U.S. professional sports with a 103-91 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday.

Arron Afflalo added 13 points for the Knicks, who snapped a four-game losing streak. Carmelo Anthony, back after missing a game with an illness, scored 12 points and shot 5 for 16.

The Knicks never trailed and put six players in double figures.


76ers: Okafor will also miss a game Saturday against Denver and be eligible to return Monday at home against San Antonio. … The 76ers have lost four straight at Madison Square Garden.

Knicks: The club’s NBA D-League team dropped a Wednesday matinee for its first loss this season. Former college player of the year Jimmer Fredette had 22 points and nine assists after a 37-point debut Monday, while Knicks forward Cleanthony Early had 16 points and nine rebounds. Early was recalled later Wednesday and got in for the final 3 minutes against the 76ers, joining Troy Daniels, Jordan Farmar, Coby Karl and Luke Harangody as the only players to accomplish a D-League/NBA doubleheader.