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Jalen Brunson and Josh Hart lead New York Knicks past Philadelphia 76ers in Game 1

NEW YORK (AP) — Jalen Brunson and Josh Hart each scored 22 points, Deuce McBride led a huge effort by New York’s backups with 21 and the Knicks defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 111-104 on Saturday night in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference first-round series.

McBride himself outscored the 76ers by 13 points in the second quarter, when Joel Embiid had to leave after appearing to re-injure his surgically repaired left knee during a dunk. He returned to give the 76ers the lead in the second half, but Josh Hart hit a pair of big three-pointers in the fourth quarter to help the Knicks pull out the lead.

Hart also had 13 rebounds for the Knicks, who had lost Game 1 the last three times they opened a series at home. They host Game 2 on Monday.

Embiid finished with 29 points, eight rebounds and six assists. Tyrese Maxey led the 76ers with 33 points.

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