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.
“I still don’t know how we won the game with 24 turnovers on the road and as
sloppy as we played throughout the game,” said Minnesota head coach Dwayne
Casey. “We have to get better with our offensive execution; passing the
basketball and doing a better job of executing our offensive sets.”
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.
“Our effort out on the floor wasn’t good enough,” said Sixers head coach
Maurice Cheeks. “We played nip and tuck, nip and tuck.”
“Their effort was better than ours,” added Cheeks. “They made some shots. We
missed some shots. When you go through a stretch of losing games, you are
looking for the right answer, and we’re still searching for the answer. This
is not the way I envisioned it.”
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.
“They were just playing better than us,” said Iverson. “We didn’t match their
intensity. There is no excuse for that. We are at home. We are supposed to
have that intensity. We are supposed to have the momentum. They just outplayed
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.