Robert Covington hit a game-winning shot to help the Philadelphia 76ers prevent the Minnesota Timberwolves from forcing an overtime on Tuesday night at Wells Fargo Center.
Joel Embiid led the Sixers with 25 points and eight rebounds, while Ersan Ilyasova added 19 points and five rebounds. The Sixers started the game strong, ending the first quarter with a 13-point lead. The Timberwolves tried to answer in the second quarter, but the Sixers continued to dominate on the offensive end.
Things started to turn in the favor of the Timberwolves in the second half. Zach Lavine, who scored 28 points, stepped for the Timberwolves and led the comeback attempt. Karl Anthony-Towns established another impressive performance, posting 23 points and 15 rebounds.
The Timberwolves outscored the Sixers in the third and fourth quarter, helping them cut the lead down to three with 6.5 seconds remaining in the game. Towns received the inbound pass and found Ricky Rubio open from beyond the arc. Rubio successfully knocked down a game-tying three-pointer with less than two seconds left.
ROBERT COVINGTON HITS GAME-WINNING SHOT
Unfortunately, the game isn’t yet over as the Sixers have 1.6 seconds to win the game. Coach Brett Brown orchestrated the final play featuring a perfect screen from Joel Embiid. Dario Saric threw a lob pass to Robert Covington, who successfully converted on the fall away lay-up with .2 seconds left on the clock.
Covington struggled to make shots this season only posting 34.9 percent from the field and 27.8 percent from beyond the arc. Hitting a crucial shot will definitely boost his confidence to become more helpful for the Sixers.
JOEL EMBIID: SIXERS ARE UNDEFEATED… IN 2017
After Covington hit the final shot, Joel Embiid made an epic celebration, falling down on the ground for no reason. On his Twitter account, Embiid boasted that the Sixers are undefeated in 2017.
— Joel Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) January 4, 2017
With their win against the Timberwolves, the Sixers improved to 9-24 and in the 14th spot in the Eastern Conference. The Sixers will face the Boston Celtics on Friday at TD Garden.
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