The other A.I. lifts Sixers over T-Wolves
=== The other A.I. lifts Sixers over T-Wolves ===
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) – Andre Iguodala’s putback as time expired
lifted the Philadelphia 76ers to an 86-84 comeback victory over the Minnesota
Timberwolves at the Target Center.
Tied at 84-84 with nine seconds left, Philadelphia inbounded the ball to Allen
Iverson, who was quickly double teamed. Iverson dished out to Chris Webber who
then drove to the hoop. The layup did not fall, but Iguodala was able to grab
the rebound and put back a shot in midair from about 10 feet that fell through
the hoop as time ran out.
Iguodala ended with 14 points and eight rebounds while Iverson netted 39
points with nine rebounds and five assists for the 76ers, who snapped a three-
game road losing streak.
“It’s a big win for us…just because we’ve been struggling to win a game
after a game,” said Iverson. “You feel good about not giving up one after we
Webber added 11 points and eight boards in the win, which moved Philadelphia
back to .500 for the season (20-20).
Wally Szczerbiak scored 18 points for the Timberwolves, who lost for just the
second time in their last six games. Kevin Garnett tallied 13 points and 14
rebounds and Eddie Griffin donated 13 points and 10 boards.
“(The loss) really hurts. We played well,” said Szczerbiak. “They hit some big
shots and we didn’t take the game when we had it.”
The Timberwolves built a big lead early in the game and led by as many as
19 points before the Sixers completed their comeback.
Minnesota extend its lead to 65-46 late in the third quarter, but the 76ers
accounted for nine of the last 11 points in the stanza to trail 67-55 going
into the fourth.
The Sixers kept the hot hand in the final stanza, netting six straight to
open the frame to cut their deficit to six at 67-61. Less than two minutes
later, an Iverson three-pointer and four straight points from Lee Nailon
pulled Philadelphia to within 71-70 with 8:20 remaining.
Minnesota had an answer as a 6-0 run made it 77-70. Later, a Trenton Hassell
bucket and a Marko Jaric jumper put Minnesota ahead 83-75 with 2:54 remaining.
After a Garnett free throw made it an 84-77 game, Webber and Iverson took over
to tie the contest.
First, Iverson connected on a jumper before Webber knocked down a free throw
which was later followed by a three-pointer to make it 84-83. Iverson then
connected on 1-of-2 free throws to tie the contest at 84-84 with 48 seconds
The Timberwolves turned the ball over at the other end, but Iguodala could not
convert with a dunk, Webber failed with a tip attempt and Samuel Dalembert was
called for offensive goaltending.
Jaric then missed a shot at the other end, which Webber rebounded and called
timeout, setting up the exciting finish.
Midway through the first, Minnesota ripped off 12 straight points to go ahead
18-7 and the Timberwolves were ahead 22-14 after the opening 12 minutes.
The Sixers got as close as five, 26-21, with 7:26 left in the second until
Minnesota exploded for a 14-1 run, capped by an Anthony Carter jumper, to take
a commanding 40-22 advantage with 2:40 remaining.
Philadelphia closed out the quarter by scoring nine of the last 11 points, but
still trailed by 11 at 42-31.
Back-to-back by layups by Garnett and Szczerbiak extended Minnesota to a 47-33
lead early in the third. Later, a jumper by Griffin and a Garnett dunk made it
a 53-38 contest with 6:53 remaining in the third.
The 76ers only shot 28.6 percent from the floor in the first half and finished
at a 40 percent clip for the game. Minnesota ended the game 46.2 percent from
the floor…Garnett had 11 rebounds through the first two quarters…Dalembert
finished with six points and nine boards…Jaric netted 15 points and Hassell
added 14 as five Minnesota players finished in double figures.