Better late than not at all.
What's even more impressive is that not a lot of people saw the triple-double coming as the 25-year-old Arizona product has not been close to reaching that in his previous games. NY was 6-for-24 from 3-point range. The win was the Sixers' fourth in a row, keeping them unbeaten on their season-high tying five-game homestand.
The 6-foot-2 McConnell also had a career-high 6 steals, making him the first National Basketball Association player to have a triple-double and also record that many steals since Rajon Rondo in 2011.
Marco Belinelli in action for the Atlanta Hawks against the Philadelphia 76ers earlier this season
He finished with 10 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists, giving him the first triple-double of his career. T.J. McConnell, the Philadelphia 76ers backup point guard, does an outstanding job of making sure that he's mentioned alongside his All-Star caliber teammates.
Known for his vision and orchestrating a fluid offense, McConnell displayed just that in the win over the Knicks.
There McConnell was - all alone in the paint - to haul in the rebound, which he secured with a firm, confident grip.More news: Crop loss: Maharashtra seeks ₹200-cr relief from Centre
Belinelli will be helpful in retaining stability when the big names go off, offering physical presence on the field and a winning mentality which will enable the bench to remain competitive at any moment throughout their games. McConnell was also a plus-11 and collected six steals.
The Knicks are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Monday games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. McConnell. While he certainly doesn't attract the headlines of the likes of Embiid and Ben Simmons, the spark McConnell has provided off the bench has been critical all season as the Sixers attempt to make the postseason for the first time since 2012.
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Incredibly, the All-Star break of such a highly-anticipated season for the Sixers is nearly here. Hopefully, McConnell can carry this momentum over into Thursday since Brett Brown and company are going to need all of the help they can get when facing the Miami Heat. It was just 10 days ago that Miami made its first visit of the year to The Center, a game the Sixers won, 103-97.
However, this isn't the first time this season the Sixers have turned things around.
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