It was a pretty quiet night for him up to that point. Before the last shot, Thaddeus Young had made three baskets the entire evening – and none from three-point range.

Wednesday’s game against the Bobcats at the Wells Fargo Center was tied with 15.4 seconds left. After calling a timeout, Sixers head coach Brett Brown had to decide who would get the ball in the final moments.

Evan Turner seemed like the probable candidate. He scored 12 of his team-high 23 points in the fourth quarter to help the Sixers hold off the Bobcats. But instead of going with the hot hand, Brown called a pick-and-roll/pick-and-pop play for Michael Carter-Williams and Thaddeus Young.

Carter-Williams had a big night. He scored 20 points to go with eight rebounds and seven assists. That part made sense. But to Brown’s mind, so did the Young component. He’s had an excellent year, even if he had a slow night. That’s what Brown went with – and it worked.

As Carter-Williams drove the lane, two Bobcats collapsed on the point guard, which left Young wide open from beyond the arc.

“I don’t know what they were thinking when they both ran to Mike,” Young said. “I was kind of like wide open, and I was like ‘OK, I’m making this shot. I haven’t made [a three] the whole game. Whatever it takes, it’s going to go down.’”

It went down.

Sixers 95, Bobcats 92.

Young’s big shot helped end a four-game losing streak for the Sixers. It was the team’s first home win in regulation since Nov. 8. It was just their second home win in their last eight games overall at the Wells Fargo Center. And it was also just the second victory of the season for the Sixers after failing to score 100 or more points. To distill it further: It was an unlikely win, but one the Sixers needed.