Sixers stun Knicks to keep play-off hopes alive

Tyrese Maxey in action for the Philadelphia 76ers against the New York Knicks

Tyrese Maxey scored 46 points as the Philadelphia 76ers stunned the New York Knicks 112-106 in overtime to keep their Eastern Conference play-off first round hopes alive.

The Knicks, leading by six points with 29 seconds remaining, looked poised to clinch the series before Maxey’s late burst, including a remarkable 34-footer from the logo which sent the game into overtime.

The Sixers then triumphed in a back-and-forth tussle in New York to peg the Knicks back to 3-2 in game five of the best-of-seven series.

“Season on the line, we fought for 53 minutes and never gave up,” said Maxey.

“Even when we were down late, guys still went out there and made plays – that was big time.”

Maxey’s heroics were accompanied by a triple-double from Joel Embiid, who scored 19 points while recording 16 rebounds and 10 assists.

A pumped-up Maxey could be seen roaring with delight during the electric encounter.

“I was saying some things that my grandma probably wouldn’t like,” he said.

“I’m a happy guy but I absolutely hate losing.”

Jalen Brunson top-scored for the Knicks with 40 points.

Game six takes place in Philadelphia on Thursday.