Everyone grows up with the hope of getting an opportunity to reach their dream, but only a few of us are lucky enough to feel the gratification that comes from actually reaching it. Sixers point guard T.J. McConnell realized what that felt like on Wednesday night in a thrilling 98-97 victory over the rival New York Knicks.
The huge basket capped the Sixers' comeback from 13 points down with eight minutes to play.
Joel Embiid had a double-double of 21 points and 14 rebounds, while Ersan Ilyasova scored 16 for Philadelphia, which notched its 11th win in 36 outings.
Derrick Rose came out on fire, scoring 12 points in the first quarter.
The Knicks went on some runs, and so did the Sixers, and it seemed like all was lost for the Sixers during some points of the game.
Best performance in a losing effort: Derrick Rose gets this award on a night when Carmelo Anthony finishes with a game-high 28 points.
"Very, very disappointing", said a dejected Anthony after the latest loss. McConnell then hit the victor to give Philadelphia its fourth victory in five games, sending the Knicks into a 1-9 freefall.
The absence was unexcused, and Rose not only failed to inform team officials that he would miss the game, he also did not respond to attempts to contact him. "I was just trying to come back and play the way that I normally know how to play, and not think about anything".
The Knicks built their lead up to 17 points midway through the second quarter before the Sixers rallied to cut it to 52-47 at halftime thanks to some vintage soft defense. The league said Wednesday that O'Quinn struck and pushed Davis from behind with the foul with 1:16 left in the third quarter of New Orleans' 110-96 victory at Madison Square Garden on Monday. If anyone should be watching his back it's Rodriguez, as the team added point guard Chasson Randle to a 10-day contract of the Westchester Knicks to compete for minutes on Tuesday.
In the past five games as the starter, McConnell is averaging 9.2 points, 8.8 assists and 5.4 rebounds per game. "It happens", Hornacek said.