By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
According to our simulation, the Philadelphia 76ers won on Christmas Day. They defeated the New York Knicks, 103-89, on Monday afternoon from Madison Square Garden in New York City.
The simulation suggests the 76ers, who are making their first Christmas Day appearance since 2001, will improve to 15-18 with the win. The Knicks will fall to 17-16.
It would be the second straight loss by the Knicks at The Garden on Christmas Day. They lost 119-114 to the Boston Celtics last year.
Ben Simmons led the 76ers with 17 points. He also had 10 rebounds, five assists, and one steal.
Simmons was one of six players in double-figures in the game, including all five starters. JJ. Redick added 15 points, while Dario Saric had 13; and Joel Embiid and Robert Covington scored 12 points each.
Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot scored 11 points off the bench. The 76ers had 34 bench points.
The Knicks were led by Kristaps Porziņģis, who had 20 points. He also had one rebound and two steals.
Porziņģis was one of three Knicks players, who scored in double-figures. Courtney Lee also had 13 points and Enes Kanter added 11 points.
Michael Beasley led the team off the bench with 8 points. Those were eight of the 28 points off the bench.
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