Timberwolves feast on subpar Sixers
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Ricky Davis poured in 22 points and Kevin
Garnett had 15 points and 14 rebounds as Minnesota ended a three-game skid
with a 95-84 victory over the hapless Philadelphia 76ers.
Mike James scored 20 points to go along with six assists for the Timberwolves,
who won despite committing a season-high 24 turnovers.
Allen Iverson shot just 6-of-19 from the field, but still managed to score 26
points and dish out seven assists for the woeful Sixers, who have dropped four
in a row and eight of their last nine games.
Samuel Dalembert scored 15 points and pulled down nine boards for
Philadelphia, while Andre Iguodala added 12 points and five assists.
Trailing 47-44 at halftime, the Sixers came out strong to start the second
half and held the lead for most of the third quarter.
However, Davis’ jumper with under a minute to play sparked a 9-0 Timberwolves
run that bridged the third and fourth quarters to give Minnesota control.
Davis’ trey less than a minute into the final period capped the spurt, giving
the Timberwolves a 73-65 advantage.
Two Kevin Ollie free throws and a Dalembert jumper brought Philadelphia within
four, but James nailed a three pointer that ignited an 11-4 spurt that
effectively put the game out of reach.
James connected on another trey to cap the run with 1:07 remaining as the
Sixers got no closer than eight the rest of the way.
Minnesota led 21-20 after the opening 12 minutes and outscored the Sixers by
two in the second quarter, taking a three-point advantage into the locker
Minnesota rookie Randy Foye, the seventh overall draft pick out of Villanova,
returned to Philadelphia for the first time as a pro and finished with eight
points, four assists and three rebounds…Minnesota halted a two-game losing
streak on the road and improved to 3-6 as the visitor…Garnett recorded his
league-leading 14th double-double of the season…Sixers’ rookie Rodney Carney
started his second-consecutive game and collected 10 points.