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New York Knicks Advance to Second Round After Beating 76ers

Josh Hart’s pivotal 3-pointer with 24.4 seconds remaining lifted the New York Knicks over the Philadelphia 76ers 118-115 in Game 6 on Thursday night, propelling them into the second round of the playoffs.

Jalen Brunson delivered a remarkable performance with 41 points and 12 assists, leading the charge for the Knicks, who now prepare for an Eastern Conference semifinal clash against Indiana. The Pacers secured their spot in the second round with a six-game series victory over Milwaukee, marking their first advancement in a decade.

The Knicks will host Game 1 of the series on Monday in New York, marking their consecutive appearance in the second round for the first time since 1992-2000.

In a series defined by nail-biting contests, Hart’s clutch shot echoed the fervent “Let’s go Knicks!” chants in Philly’s arena. Following Hart’s heroics, Joel Embiid responded with a basket but fouled out on the subsequent possession. Donte DiVincenzo sealed the victory for New York with two crucial free throws.

Notably, it was the former Villanova Wildcats trio of Hart, DiVincenzo, and Jalen Brunson who rescued the Knicks from a potential first-half collapse that could have forced a Game 7. DiVincenzo contributed 23 points, while Hart added 16 to their tally.

Despite a remarkable performance from Embiid, who recorded 39 points and 13 rebounds, and a solid contribution from Buddy Hield with 20 points, the 76ers fell short. Tyrese Maxey, who delivered a 45-point performance in Game 5, struggled to make an impact in the first half and finished with 17 points.

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