Joel Embiid Had Surprising Take on Knicks Fans After 76ers' Game 5 Win

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid sits on the bench during Game 5 vs. the New York Knicks.
Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid sits on the bench during Game 5 vs. the New York Knicks. / Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia 76ers went into Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night and beat the New York Knicks in thrilling fashion, 112-106, in overtime to save their season and force a Game 6 back in Philadelphia on Thursday night.

While Tyrese Maxey was the hero for the 76ers with his big play down the stretch and his long three-pointer that forced overtime, Joel Embiid had another solid performance, going for 19 points and 16 rebounds in 48 minutes of action while still not being at full strength.

Embiid was asked after the game if he enjoys playing the villain against the Knicks and he gave a bit of a surprising answer, saying New York City is his favorite city in the world and he doesn't mind Knicks fans, even when they yell a NSFW chant about him.

Embiid and the Sixers would love to return to New York for a Game 7, but first they must take care of business at home.

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


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