Charles Barkley Rips Knicks for ‘Bonehead’ Move Before Tyrese Maxey’s Three-Pointer

Apr 30, 2024; New York, New York, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard Tyrese Maxey (0) reacts during
Apr 30, 2024; New York, New York, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard Tyrese Maxey (0) reacts during / Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia 76ers pulled off an improbable Game 5 overtime victory against the New York Knicks on Tuesday night to force Game 6 thanks to heroics from star point guard Tyrese Maxey.

The chaos began with 28.9 seconds remaining in regulation down six, 96-90. Maxey hit a three on the wing and was fouled by Knicks center Mitchell Robinson. Maxey made the free throw to cut the Knicks' lead to two.

On the ensuing possession, 76ers wing Nic Batum fouled Knicks guard Josh Hart, who made only one of his two free throws. With the Knicks now up three with 15.1 seconds to go, Maxey came sprinting up the court and took a deep three from the logo at the top of the key to tie the game. After blowing the six-point lead, the Knicks would go on to lose in overtime 112-106.

TNT NBA analyst Charles Barkley was shocked that the Knicks didn't foul Maxey and send him to the line after Hart made the free throw to go up by three. The Knicks had no fouls to give, so Maxey would have been at the line shooting two free throws with his team down by three.

"It's interesting, Ernie," Barkley began as he spoke to Ernie Johnson and the rest of the Inside the NBA panel. "I've [said] on the show all these years that I'd foul 100% of the time, 100% of the time. It's just a bonehead play in my opinion. I want the lead and the ball. The two most important things in the basketball game: the lead and the ball, because these guys are so good. It happened in the Milwaukee and Indiana game last week with Khris Middleton. It's a mistake. But like I say, some coaches don't foul, some coaches always foul. I'm gonna always foul a guy in that situation. You can see on coach Thibodeau's face those guys screwed that up."

Knicks fans have to be absolutely sick.

Game 6 is Thursday night at 9 p.m. ET in Philadelphia.

Mike McDaniel


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