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T.J. McConnell makes 76ers history with triple-double — off the bench

Jerry DiPaola
| Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, 9:30 a.m.
Philadelphia 76ers' T.J. McConnell (12) drives the ball past New York Knicks' Trey Burke (23) in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, in Philadelphia. The 76ers won 108-92.
Philadelphia 76ers' T.J. McConnell (12) drives the ball past New York Knicks' Trey Burke (23) in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, in Philadelphia. The 76ers won 108-92.

Philadelphia 76er star center Joel Embiid has big plans for teammate T.J. McConnell.

McConnell validated those plans Monday night with a triple-double -- off the bench -- in a 108-92 victory against the visiting New York Knicks.

McConnell, who was four steals short of a quadruple-double, made 76ers history when he became the first Sixer to record a triple-double in a game that he didn't start. The former Chartiers Valley and Duquesne star recorded 10 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds.

"It was amazing. I'm happy for him and I'm glad that he did it," Embiid told ESPN.com. "If we want to go where we want to, he'll be one of those reasons. He comes in and plays with great energy; he hypes the crowd up. Defensively, he was great, and he moves the ball well."

The Wells Fargo Center crowd -- and McConnell's teammates on the bench -- celebrated when McConnell grabbed a rebound with 1:05 to play to seal the triple-double. It also put the finishing touch on the 76ers' fourth consecutive victory.

McConnell said jokingly afterward that Embiid was prodding him to fish for that final rebound.

"Well, Joel just wouldn't let it go," McConnell said. "Just after a rebound or an assist he kept telling me, and then when I had nine rebounds he was saying, 'Get another one,' and someone went up and blocked out the big guy, and it just kind of fell into my hands. It was like it was in slow motion."

McConnell, who played two years for former Pitt star Sean Miller at Arizona, played for his father Tim at Chartiers Valley. He is the nephew of Pitt women's coach Suzie McConnell-Serio.

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