12/26/2017 1:27:16 AM

Embiid, Redick lead 76ers over Knicks in Christmas opener

 Embiid, Redick lead 76ers over Knicks in Christmas opener

New York, United States: Joel Embiid scored 25 points and grabbed 16 rebounds while J.J. Redick added 24 points to power the Philadelphia 76ers over host New York 105-98 on Monday.

Redick sank four 3-pointers while Australian Ben Simmons, who finished with only eight points, made a steal and breakaway slam dunk with 66 seconds remaining to give the 76ers an eight-point cushion.

Enes Kanter had 31 points, 14 in the third quarter -- and 22 rebounds to lead the Knicks while Kristaps Porzingis added 22 points in a losing cause.

New York, which had beaten the 76ers in seven consecutive meetings, fell to 22-30 in a league-record 52 Christmas appearances, the Knicks going 21-23 at home on the holiday.

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