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Sixers’ Jimmy Butler choked by T.J. McConnell for not taking off Marquette shoes

Jimmy Butler, TJ McConnell

A photo of Philadelphia 76ers wing Jimmy Butler being jokingly choked by teammate T.J. McConnell is currently making the rounds on social media.

According to Butler himself, the reason behind McConnell’s decision to apply a half-hearted death choke on him was all because of his refusal to remove the Marquette-inspired pair of kicks he had on:

McConnell obviously gave sufficient warning, but Butler would not budge, so it resulted in a rather affectionate choke attempt.

Perhaps the gesture inspired Butler into a remarkable performance on Sunday, as he helped his team secure a huge 130-125 victory against the league-leading Milwaukee Bucks.

Butler torched the Bucks for 27 points on 8-of-16 shooting, while also notching two 3-pointers, six rebounds, three assists, and three steals in 34 minutes of action.

For his part, McConnell managed eight points, four rebounds, and three assists in 18 minutes off the bench.

Bucks MVP contender Giannis Antetokounmpo had himself a ballgame, with the 24-year-old dropping a career-high 52 points against Butler and company.

Nevertheless, the Sixers were able to match fire with fire, and eventually emerged victorious. The Sixers are holding the third spot in the Eastern Conference, as they are now one game ahead of the fourth-seeded Indiana Pacers.

That’s now four straight wins for Philadelphia, and they will look to extend their unbeaten run as they enter an extremely challenging back-to-back set. The Sixers will be facing a playoff-seeking Charlotte Hornets side on Tuesday, followed by a marquee matchup against the Boston Celtics on Wednesday.