The Philadelphia 76ers earned their first win of the season last night with former Tiger Robert Covington playing a big role as they beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 85-77.
Covington was the second highest scorer for the game, dropping 17 points (5-for-13 FG, 3-for-6 3FG) while grabbing four rebounds. Nine of his total points came in the fourth quarter as he made 3-of-4 from beyond the arc.
The 76ers avoided an 18th-straight loss to begin the season. A loss would have tied the all-time record for most losses to begin a season set by the 09-10 New Jersey Nets.
Covington spent last season between the developmental league and the Houston Rockets. He was the number one pick in the NBA D-League draft for this season before the Sixers called him up in mid-November.
Covington’s three-pointer with 1:15 left in the game that put the 76ers up 81-77 was the Dan Patrick Show’s Play of the Day.Though the nickname already belongs to Robert Horry, fans in Philadelphia have taken to calling Covington “Big Shot Bob.”