Final Score: Minnesota 126, Philadelphia 95
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Kevin Love poured in a game-high 26
points, grabbed seven rebounds and had four assists to lead the Minnesota
Timberwolves to a 126-95 win over the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo
Kevin Martin scored 18, Corey Brewer and Nikola Pekovic added 15 and 16
points, respectively, while the latter had 14 rebounds for Minnesota, which
has won four of its last six. J.J. Barea scored 13 points and Alexey Shved and
Dante Cunningham contributed 10 points apiece for the visitors.
Thaddeus Young netted 20 and James Anderson had 14 points for the 76ers, who
had a four-game win streak snapped. Evan Turner and Michael Carter-Williams
totaled 13 points apiece, while the latter added seven assists.
The first 12 minutes was a back and forth affair, which showcased seven lead
changes and four ties. A Brewer trey with 7:14 on the clock gave the T-Wolves
a seven-point lead, their largest of the quarter.
Philadelphia, however, battled back and held a one-point lead three times
before the quarter closed out. Minnesota carried a three-point advantage,
32-29, into the second.
The opening five minutes of the second witnessed much of the same action as
the first, with five ties but only one lead change. The fifth tie came, with
7:06 remaining, after a Carter-Williams layup, however, the Wolves closed out
the half on a 24-8 tear.
"Just a really solid win for us. We came out at the start of the game and
played well all the way through," said Timberwolves head coach Rick Adelman.
"We did a pretty good job of keeping them in the halfcourt and passed the ball
and shot the ball well."
Minnesota led by 16 points, 70-54, at the halfway point on the strength of its
late half surge.
"We moved the ball well. The second unit really came in and played great in
the second quarter. It set us up and we finished off that second quarter very
strong. Then we really didn't look back from there," said Love. "We moved the
ball extremely well. And we played better defense in the latter three
quarters. It was a good win for us tonight."
The Wolves carried over their momentum to begin the second half with a 14-6
run through the first 3 1/2 minutes of the third. The 76ers traded baskets
with Minnesota during the next four-plus minutes before the Wolves rattled off
nine straight to end the quarter and stretch their lead to 31 points.
"I do think that there is a physical side of what you saw tonight, but the
mental side of it upsets me far more. I feel that, I see that, far more than I
do a fatigue factor," said Philadelphia head coach Brett Brown.
Philadelphia managed to come within 24 points, with 4:24 left to play, after a
Daniel Orton 3-point play but the Timberwolves had the game well in hand for
much of the second half.
The 76ers Tony Wroten was did not play due to flu-like symptoms ... Luc
Mbah a Moute did not dress for Minnesota due to a strained left groin ...
Philadelphia is now 1-15 when Turner fails to score at least 22 points ...
Philadelphia has lost five straight matchups against the Timberwolves ... The
76ers travel to Cleveland to face the Cavaliers on Tuesday ... Minnesota hosts
the Phoenix Suns Wednesday.
01/06 22:48:44 ET
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