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Minnesota tops Philly
Minneapolis, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - Kevin Love scored 26 points with 15 rebounds and five assists to help the Minnesota Timberwolves erase a 19-point first half deficit en route to a 106-99 win over the Philadelphia 76ers.
Ricky Rubio posted 21 points with seven assists and Nikola Pekovic added a double-double with 20 points and 10 boards for Minnesota, which won its forth consecutive game over the Sixers for the first time in franchise history.
Tony Wroten and Spencer Hawes each scored 20 points with Hawes making 4-of-5 from distance.
Thaddeus Young and James Anderson registered 16 points apiece, while Evan Turner added 13 points.
Robbie Hummel's deep two early in the fourth gave the Wolves their first lead of the game at 87-86. Hummel's bucket was part of a 10-0 run that Dante Cunningham capped with a nifty reverse layup for a 91-86 advantage.
Hawes hit his fourth triple of the game to pull within two, 95-93, but Love answered with a nice jump-hook in the lane and then Corey Brewer converted a layup off a Rubio feed with 2:18 left.
Love tipped in his own miss for a 101-95 cushion and the Sixers turned it over after Rubio jumped the inbounds pass with just over a minute left. Turnovers were the Achilles heel for the Sixers all night as they committed 26 to Minnesota's 13. The Timberwolves came out of the ensuing timeout and Hummel knocked down another 3 to complete the comeback and hand the Sixers their ninth consecutive road loss.
12/11 22:41:05 ET