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TJ McConnell beats the Magic with a jumper and game-winning steal!

TJ McConnell beats the Magic with a jumper and game-winning steal!

After Thursday night’s 112–111 triumph over the Orlando Magic, the 76ers have 19 wins on the year. Two of those have gone ahead game winning shots by T.J. McConnell, a person who not as much as a year back needed to pay a fee at the door at a Sixers bar that was giving free admission to fans with tickets. (He played in the game, so he didn’t have a ticket.)

With Joel Embiid currently recovering due to bone bruise in his left knee, the Philadelphia 76ers needed someone to turn to into the closing seconds of their game on Thursday game with the Orlando Magic. And when JoJo’s not able and the money’s on the table, everyone knows where Philly needs to go. That’s right: undrafted free agent point guard T.J. McConnell.

T.J. McConnell is just about the last guy in the NBA you’d expect to hit multiple game-winning shots. He’s a dismal shooter, making just 23.3 percent of his 3s. Right now, he averages six assists and 5.9 points per game, making him one of just two players whose passing numbers surpass his scoring totals — the other being Rajon Rondo. This isn’t new; it’s just the way McConnell plays. In college at Arizona, his job was to get out of the way of obvious first-round draft picks Stanley Johnson and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson. He finished ninth in the nation in assist rate and fourth on the team in scoring.

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