76ers end five-game skid
The Philadelphia 76ers overcame a historic performance from Enes Kanter to defeat the New York Knicks 105-98 at Madison Square Garden on Christmas Day.
Leading the way for the 76ers was Joel Embiid, as the 23-year old center from Yaounde, Cameroon scored a team high 25 points while grabbing 16 rebounds and dishing out three assists for a double-double for the game.
With the victory the visitors snapped a five game losing streak and currently sit 10th in the Eastern Conference with a record of 15-18 on the year.
Meanwhile Kanter joined strong company, as the 25-year old center from Zurich, Switzerland joined Wilt Chamberlain, Bill Russell and Bob Lanier as the only players to have scored 30 points and grab 20 rebounds during a game on Christmas Day.
The former Oklahoma City Thunder reserve player has been a solid fit so far in a Knicks uniform, as Kanter finished the game with a game high 31 points while pulling down 22 rebounds and passing out an assist.
New York currently is sitting in the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference, with the hosts holding a record of 17-16 on the season.
The 76ers will look to continue in the right direction, as Philadelphia heads to the West Coast to take on the Portland Trail Blazers at the Moda Center in Oregon.
Meanwhile New York will also hit the road to square off against the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday.
The 76ers are 9.00 to win the Eastern Conference this season. Cleveland are 1.44 to win the East, with Boston 3.50.
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