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Josh Hart Takes Sly Dig at Sixers Owners, Brings Up 2500 Tickets After Game 6 Series Victory

Jay Mahesh Lokegaonkar

Josh Hart Takes Sly Dig at Sixers Owners, Brings Up 2500 Tickets After Game 6 Series Victory

After failing to close their first-round playoff series against the Philadelphia 76ers at home in Game 5, the New York Knicks handled business on their road trip in Game 6 and set up a date against the Indiana Pacers in the second round. The Knicks won two straight games at the Wells Fargo Center because they felt largely comfortable at the 76ers’ home arena as droves of New Yorkers made the short trip to Philadelphia to support their team.

The Knicks contingent in Philadelphia during Game 4 was so loud that Joel Embiid had to address the situation in the post-game press conference. He said,

“I’ve never seen it, and I’ve been here for 10 years. Yeah, it kind of pisses me off, especially because Philly is considered a sports town. So, they’ve always shown up, and I don’t think that should happen. Yeah, it’s not OK.”

Embiid’s admission prompted the 76ers’ ownership group to spring into action and prevent New Yorkers from highjacking their arena for the second game in a row. Ahead of Game 6, they bought 2,000 tickets and distributed them among Philadelphians to ensure crowd support was in the 76ers’ favor.

The ownership group’s efforts did little to silence the Knicks fans inside the Wells Fargo Center during Game 6, as they saw their team close the series with a 118-115 win.

Josh Hart drops a zinger and roasts the 76ers’ ownership group

Post-game, Josh Hart could not resist taking a dig at the 76ers’ owners’ desperate maneuver to keep New Yorkers out of their arena. When asked how it felt to be back in Philadelphia and winning, he responded,

“It felt great. We knew this was gonna be a tough environment. A little tougher than last game because there were 2,500 seats that were taken up. But we knew it was gonna be a battle, we knew it was gonna be a grind. And you gotta give [the 76ers] credit. It was a tough series, a tough place to play, but a place we are all comfortable at.”

Hart wasn’t just satisfied with the win but seized the opportunity to rub salt in the 76ers’ owners’ wounds. The team gave it their all, especially Joel Embiid, who was nursing a knee injury and was diagnosed with Bell’s palsy, and guard Tyrese Maxey. But the home support left a lot to be desired despite the owners’ best attempts to get the crowd behind the 76ers.

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Jay Mahesh Lokegaonkar

Jay Mahesh Lokegaonkar


Jay Lokegaonkar is a basketball journalist who has been following the sports as a fan 2005. He has worked in a slew of roles covering the NBA, including writer, editor, content manager, social media manager, and head of content since 2018. However, his primary passion is writing about the NBA. Especially throwback stories about the league's iconic players and franchises. Revisiting incredible tales and bringing scarcely believable stories to readers are one his main interests as a writer.

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