NBA: Philadelphia 76ers Edge New York Knicks with T.J. McConnell’s Winning Basket
Even with ace point guard Derrick Rose back, the struggling team of the New York Knicks continued to scramble as they suffered another unfortunate lost in the hands of the suddenly streaking Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night.
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According to a published report of the ESPN, starting point guard T.J. McConnell, who only scored eight points on a 4-6 shooting clip while playing for 34 minutes, hit a game-winning jumper at the buzzer to lift the 76ers to a 98-97 win over the visiting Knicks at the Wells Fargo Center.
Philadelphia's top big man Joel Embiid finished the game with another impressive double-double game performance of 21 points and 14 rebounds to go along with one steal and one blocked shots in 27 minutes of playing time. The 7-footer Cameroonian player sparked a 76ers' rally in dissolving a 17-point deficit to win for the fourth time in five games.
According to the official website of the NBA, the 76ers, who have won two straight games in a row, improved to a better 11-25 win-loss record. Philadelphia is currently in the 13th spot of the 15-squad Eastern Conference team standings and has won five of its last 10 matches.
The victory also marked the Sixers' seventh triumph in 21 games played at the Wells Fargo Center and their third in seven contests for the Atlantic Division this season.
Rose, who returned from a one-game hiatus due to a "family issue," poured in 25 points for the Knicks. All-Star Small Forward Carmelo Anthony had 28.
The Knicks are currently ranked 11th in the Eastern Conference having a 17-22 win-loss record. They are now on a three-game losing skid after losses to the New Orleans Pelicans and the Indiana Pacers over the week.
The playoffs still seem a bit optimistic for the Sixers. But the hope in reaching the postseason is crashing for the Knicks with their ninth loss in 10 games played.