NEW YORK (AP) – With a big lead and bigger games to come, Joel Embiid could have gone for safety.
He could have simply let the ball out of the box, without frightening the people at the front office of the 76ers or along the sideline of Madison Square Garden.
It's not his style.
"I only know one way to play and it's to play hard and compete," said Embiid.
The center of the stars had 26 points, 14 rebounds and a leap forward on an award-winning actress. Philadelphia gave the Knicks their 18th straight loss with a 126-111 victory on Wednesday night.
Tobias Harris scored 25 points and Ben Simmons had 18 points for the 76ers, who bounced back from their 112-109 home defeat in Boston on Tuesday, qualifying for the all-star game with a 37-21 record. They went 7 to 5 during a difficult period of their schedule which included trading with the Clippers to acquire Harris.
"We are in a good position," said Simmons.
On Wednesday, they had the impression of winning easily, and other times when the match became much more difficult than necessary against the team with the worst record of the NBA.
Allonzo Trier scored 19 points and his rookie counterpart, Mitchell Robinson, 14 points and 13 rebounds for the Knicks (10-46), who remain stuck in the longest streak of defeats during a season in the US. history of the franchise.
"All we can do is continue to build on the good things we do and try to fix the mistakes we hold dear," said Trier.
The 76ers made 14 of 18 shots (78%) in the first quarter, but led only 37-33 after the Knicks got the better of their offensive shot for nine more attempts. Philadelphia then pushed the lead at 71-55 at halftime.
Philadelphia seemed poised to lose his temper when he scored eight runs in the third goal to open a 88-62 advantage after a Simmons free-kick, but the Knicks scored 36 points in the period and only managed to reach the fourth.
It was during the third inning that Embiid scared the 76ers and many people seated while he was trying to chase a ball towards the sideline. He went flying just above the head of actress Regina King, who won the Best Actress Award in Supporting the Golden Globes, and crashed to the top spot in front of the MSG statistician working alongside broadcaster Mike Breen.
"It's good that I saved her life, but someone else had to take that," Embiid said. "I'm sorry about that."
Philadelphia coach Brett Brown thinking about Embiid's dive?
"Just as I think our owners and fans at home thought," he said. "You respect his aggression and his passion, but you do not want it. I say that out of love and concern. That's what you hope to avoid.
The statistician stayed somehow in the game.
"I did not see him but I know he will feel it tomorrow," said Simmons.
The Knicks had their highlights, highlighted by rookie Kevin Knox's slam on Simmons. But they do not have the firepower to beat a team like the 76ers or anyone else in the league in the last two and a half months.
76ers: Philadelphia have won the last eight meetings. … Jimmy Butler had 13 points, eight assists and seven rebounds. … Embiid had his 10th double-double consecutive.
Knicks: Dennis Smith Jr. had 13 points and DeAndre Jordan, who came with him from Dallas in Kristaps Porzingis' trade, scored 12.
THE CHANCE OF KANTER
Coach David Fizdale said he was happy for Enes Kanter, who announced Wednesday that he was signing with the Portland Trail Blazers. The Knicks left their old center last Thursday after being unable to find him an exchange.
"Seriously, it's a good deal for him," Fizdale said. "He has landed with a playoff team."
Embiid was fined $ 25,000 for publicly criticizing the official, including swear words, following Tuesday's loss.
"I knew what I was getting into," Embiid said. "I did not see the last 2-minute report, but I was the victim of a mistake and everyone knew it. I felt that it changed the outcome of the match. The match could have been tied and I was in the heat of the moment. "
According to the report, Al Horford should have been called to foul Embiid 35 seconds from the end.
76ers: host in Miami on February 21st.
Knicks: Visit Atlanta on Thursday.