Magical Maxey explodes for 46 points as Sixers stay alive vs Knicks

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Magical Maxey explodes for 46 points as Sixers stay alive vs Knicks
Tyrese Maxey of the Philadelphia 76ers reacts in the fourth quarter against the New York Knicks at the Madison Square Garden on April 30, 2024 in New York City. The 76ers defeated the Knicks 112-106 in overtime
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NEW YORK – Tyrese Maxey produced a 46-point gem as the Philadelphia 76ers stunned the New York Knicks, 112-106, in overtime to keep their NBA Eastern Conference playoff hopes alive on Tuesday (Wednesday Manila time).

Maxey led the Sixers back from the brink of defeat in the fourth quarter with a late burst of scoring before dominating in overtime to ensure a game six back in Philadelphia.

The Knicks, leading the best-of-seven series 3-1 heading into Tuesday's game, had looked poised to clinch after Jalen Brunson helped the second seeds take a six-point lead with 29 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.

But Maxey drained a 3-pointer from 24 feet and then hit a stunning 34-footer from the logo with nine seconds left to tie it up and send a pulsating duel into overtime.

It looked as if the Knicks had reclaimed the initiative after Brunson scored five points to give New York a five-point lead before a raucous Madison Square Garden.

Yet Maxey and reigning Most Valuable Joel Embiid had other ideas, launching a 9-0 run to give the Sixers a 106-102 advantage. New York pegged it back to 106-106, but the Sixers regrouped and pulled clear again to seal victory.

"Season on the line, we fought for 53 minutes and never gave up," Maxey said afterwards. "Even when we were down late, guys still went out and made plays — that was big time."

A pumped-up Maxey could be seen roaring in defiance after helping the Sixers take the game to overtime in the fourth quarter.

"I was saying some things that my grandma probably wouldn't like," he said afterwards. "I'm a happy guy but I absolutely hate losing."

Maxey's 46-point haul included seven 3-pointers, while Embiid posted a triple-double with 19 points, 16 rebounds and 10 rebounds.

Tobias Harris added 19 points for the Sixers while Kelly Oubre Jr. finished with 14.

Brunson, meanwhile, led New York's scoring with 40 points, while Josh Hart had 18 and O.G. Anunoby 17.

The Sixers now have a chance to level the series at home when Game 6 takes place back in Philadelphia on Thursday.

Mitchell fires Cavs over Magic

In other playoff games on Tuesday, Donovan Mitchell rattled in 28 points — including 14 in the fourth quarter — as the Cleveland Cavaliers pulled off a 104-103 win over the Orlando Magic to take a 3-2 lead in their Eastern Conference first round playoff series.

Orlando had fought back from 2-0 in the series to level after recording emphatic wins in Games 3 and 4 in Florida.

But Cleveland dug deep to ensure they will head back to Orlando for Game 6 on Friday (Saturday Manila time) with a chance of clinching the series.

"It's not gonna be pretty but it's the playoffs," Mitchell said after Cleveland's win. "The fourth quarter — that's what I do. But I've got to play better for my group.

"We've played well at home as a group — now we've got to go down there in a hostile environment and handle our business."

Paolo Banchero led Orlando's scorers with 39 points, eight rebounds and four assists.

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