Published: Fri, January 13, 2017
Sport | By Desiree Waters

McConnell's jumper lifts Sixers past Knicks

McConnell's jumper lifts Sixers past Knicks

Joel Embiid wrapped his hands around T.J. McConnell's neck, and let out a yell for a victory sweeter than the taste of endless rounds of Shirley Temples.

The Sixers, meanwhile, now have more wins (11!) on the season than they had all of last season, and are 3-1 in 2017.

The loss had the Knicks feeling blue and star Carmelo Anthony said he and his teammates need to get their acts together to avoid completely falling apart. Embiid's 21 points came with 14 boards, as he once again led the offensive charge. The Sixers were regularly down in that game by double digits (were down by 10 points with just 2:29 remaining in the game), prompting New York Knicks beat writer Frank Isola to Tweet out that the Sixers were "awful".

The Philadelphia 76ers, meanwhile, saw their point guard come up big in the clutch.

McConnell finished with eight points on 4-of-6 shooting, six assists, two steals, and two turnovers. They got T.J. McConnell.

GAME SITUATION - The 76ers were in full scramble mode, down one and on the verge of losing to the sinking, troubled Knicks.

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Rose has struggled with injuries over the last four years, and Chicago dealt him to the Knicks on the eve of the National Basketball Association draft with a year left on his contract.

"I felt good", he said after Wednesday's game. "If there was one in grade school, I can't remember it". Enes Kanter scored 19 points and Victor Oladipo added 16 for the Thunder, who won their third straight.

The Knicks extended their lead to 49-32 with 5:08 left in the second quarter, but the Sixers ended the half on a 15-3 run to cut the gap to 52-47 at halftime.

"There was so much going on", said Anthony, who went scoreless in the fourth quarter, of the final play.

Timberwolves 119, Rockets 105: Andrew Wiggins scored 28 points, Karl-Anthony Towns had 23 points and 18 rebounds, and Shabazz Muhammad scored 20 to help Minnesota end Houston's nine-game winning streak.

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