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T.J. McConnell beats the Knicks with a game-winner at the buzzer

The Philadelphia 76ers edged their way past the New York Knicks on Thursday night in heroic fashion.

Down 97-96 with under 10 seconds left in the 4th period, the 76ers capitalized on a Kristaps Porzingis air-ball and started a fast break. Instead of calling a timeout, they got the ball to T.J. McConnell at the baseline. The 6-foot-2 point guard faked a drive to the rim, before completing a turnaround fadeaway jumper over Carmelo Anthony to win the game at the buzzer.

The 76ers were able to complete a great comeback against the Knicks, marking the first time since the start of last season they were able to make their way back from a 15-point deficit.

McConnell finished the night with a game-high 7 assists to go along with 6 rebounds and 8 points on 4-6 FG shooting. Since joining their starting lineup the 76ers are 4-1, with their only loss coming against the Boston Celtics – a game in which McConnell recorded 17 assists.

The 76ers aren’t tanking anymore, instead they’re looking to climb their way up towards the playoffs. They hold an 11-25 record, good enough for the 13th seed in the Eastern Conference, but they are only 7 games away from the 8th seed; making it a mildly realistic goal considering the league has yet to pass the 40-game mark.

Until the 76ers have Ben Simmons ready to play, it looks like McConnell should have a comfortable place alongside Joel Embiid in their starting lineup. They’ll look to win their 3rd straight game when they take on the Charlotte Hornets tomorrow night at 7:00 p.m. EST.


All stats for this article are from NBA.com and Basketball-Reference.com

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