It was a total team effort. On this night, in this game, the triple-double belonged to T.J. McConnell. McConnell made a pull-up jump shot and then pulled down a defensive rebound to record his first career triple double as it finished 108-92.
McConnell was not far off a quadruple-double as he also recorded a career-high six steals on the night.
"He's a wonderful lesson for so many basketball players in relation to what determination, perseverance, and toughness can bring you to", Sixers coach Brett Brown said after the game. "We've seen him grow. He continues to get better, and tonight he was incredible". "If we want to go where we want to, he'll be one of those reasons", teammate Joel Embiid said of McConnell, per ESPN.
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Second unit Marco Belinelli's experience and shooting ability will be key to the Sixers' cause. "It just speaks volumes to the kind of guys we have on our team. I just love all of them and I thank them for supporting me like that". Not exactly what you would expect with the Sixers having played so well recently, and the Knicks now fading with injured star Kristaps Porzingis out for the season.
As a result, the Hawks bought out his contract and he became a free agent once clearing waivers.
Known for his vision and orchestrating a fluid offense, McConnell displayed just that in the win over the Knicks.
"He comes in and plays with great energy; he hypes the crowd up".
The process at the Philadelphia 76ers has just added a bit of winning touch, as Marco Belinelli, one-time championship victor with the San Antonio Spurs in 2014, has put pen to paper with the 6ers. But he will add another option to an area that needs improvement, and a clutch moment or two could be coming.
Having a strong quintet is the basic rule, but boasting a decent bench is also important if one wants to extend his calendar to the post-season, and Belinelli is definitely a player the Sixers can bank on.
Could there be a surer sign that the Sixers are on the right track?
Marco Belinelli's a proven three-point sniper.
The Knicks battled back from a 20-point deficit in the third quarter to eventually cut the lead to just six points with 1:10 remaining in the contest. But with a yell of pain he hit the floor instead.
"It was incredible. I'm happy for him and I'm glad that he did it". X-rays were negative, though the Sixers announced he would not return to the game. "I was lucky to watch a couple of games". "He'll be fine. He'll be back, and we need him". Enes Kanter had 17 points and 13 rebounds, and Jarrett Jack chipped in with 11 points.
This time, not having to devote any time to Porzingis, the Sixers were able to pay more attention to the rest of the Knicks' threats.
The Sixers will close out their five-game home stand on Wednesday against the Miami Heat.