McConnell: 7 points, 6 assists, 4 steals in 20 minutes.
By Sam Bush
The Sixers might have found their point guard!
T.J. McConnell, an undrafted rookie, hit a go-ahead shot with 6.5 seconds remaining to lift the Sixers to a 97-95 preseason win over the Brooklyn Nets Saturday in Albany, N. Y.
McConnell, who nailed a 17-foot jumper for the game’s decisive basket, posted seven points, six assists and four steals in 20 minutes.
Rookie big man Jahlil Okafor had his roughest game of the preseason, shooting 1 for 6 for two points in 17 minutes. He finished with four turnovers and four rebounds. Meanwhile, Nerlens Noel sat out with contusions to his left knee and back. The Sixers do not believe it to be serious.
Fellow point guard prospect Isaiah Canaan scored nine points and handed out eight assists in 33 minutes. Jordan McRae scored 10 points in 23 minutes off the bench. Robert Covington led the way with 23 points, eight rebounds and five steals, while Hollis Thompson chipped in 17.
Brett Brown’s club attempted 36 three-pointers and made just 10.