Francis had his best game of the preseason in Marbury's absence.
He drew a foul on Rick Brunson on a layup and converted the
three-point play to give the Knicks a 55-38 lead with 4:14 left in
the second quarter.
After Rodney Carney connected on a jumper for the Sixers,
Francis found Renaldo Balkman for a dunk with 3:40 remaining in the
Francis also had six assists against only one turnover as the
Knicks led 61-46 at the break. He had a total of 17 points in his
first two preseason games.
The Sixers cut it to 78-68 late in the third quarter, but
Robinson made a 3-pointer to put New York up by 13.