76ers fall to Knicks after New York pulls off ‘reverse Reggie Miller’ in final seconds

The Philadelphia 76ers let Game 2 of their first-round playoff series against the New York Knicks slip through their fingers on Monday night, losing 104–101 to fall into a 2–0 hole as the series heads back to Philly.

After surging to a lead late in the fourth quarter, the Sixers collapsed all at once at the finish line, giving up an 8–0 run to the Knicks in the final 30 seconds of play to leave Madison Square Garden with the loss.

It was a chaotic sequence. After 76ers guard Kyle Lowry made one of two free throws to push the Sixers lead to 101–96, Knicks star Jalen Brunson drilled a three in response.

The Knicks pressed as Philadelphia tried to inbound the ball, and after a wild series of events during which Sixers head coach Nick Nurse appeared to call a timeout and players on the floor seemed stunned a foul wasn’t called in either direction, the Knicks found possession and kicked out to Donte DiVincenzo, who hit another three to take the lead.

The Sixers missed on the other end of the floor and were forced to foul. Two free throws from OG Anunoby later and a miss at the buzzer from Joel Embiid, and the game was over.

For Knicks fans, the sequence quickly brought up memories of Reggie Miller’s infamous night at the Garden, when he scored eight points in eight seconds to stun the Knicks, Spike Lee, and the rest New York faithful.

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This time though, the Knicks were the ones delivering the gut punch.

Game 3 of the series between the Sixers and Knicks tips off Thursday night in Philadelphia.

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