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Sixers beat Timberwolves with game-ending sideline lob (VIDEO)

Robert Covington

Philadelphia 76ers’ Robert Covington scores the go-ahead basket in the final seconds of an NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017, in Philadelphia. Philadelphia won 93-91. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)


The Minnesota Timberwolves battled back in the fourth quarter, holding the Philadelphia 76ers to just 14 points, but it wasn’t enough at the end of the night. As in, literally right at the end as the Sixers used a crafty sideline out of bounds play to score with 00.2 seconds left on the clock.

The last few seconds of the game were crazy, and it all started when Karl-Anthony Towns blocked Joel Embiid with just six seconds to go.

Minnesota recovered the ball on the block and quickly called timeout.

After a Ricky Rubio 3-pointer tied the game up at 91-91, it was Philadelphia’s turn to call a timeout and draw up a play with one second left.

The Sixers coaching staff drew up a smartly-designed SLOB play, with Robert Covington faking elevator doors to the arc before quickly curling back around to the hoop for the lob from Dario Saric.

Covington converted on the play, and the Timberwolves were left unable to tie or take the lead.