The Minnesota Timberwolves shot 62% from beyond the three-point line, making 16-26 attempts, to defeat the Philadelphia 76ers 126-95 in Pennsylvania. The Wolves starters committed just 5 turnovers and none played more than Kevin Love’s 29 minutes in the blowout. Love shot 7-12 from the field, 4-7 from three, 8-10 from the line to finish with 26 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals and a block.
This is a Sixers team that had won four straight — a game removed from beating the Portland Trail Blazers in Portland at the end of a six game road trip — and the Wolves just destroyed them.
Tied at 46 in the second quarter, the Wolves rattled off a 24-8 run to close out the half and kept the pressure on in the third. The Wolves had 70 points at halftime and 105 by the end of the third.
Minnesota’s dominating performance came despite shooting 46% to Philly’s 48% from the field. The Wolves did get 20 more attempts than the Sixers, courtesy of their 14 offensive rebounds and the Sixers 22 turnovers.
The Wolves bench added Rony Turiaf to the mix. Playing his first game since the second of the entire season, In 23 minutes, Turiaf showed the presence at the rim the Wolves have lacked. Challenging multiple drives to the hoop, he was whistled for three fouls and blocked two other attempts while pulling down 9 rebounds.
“He just knows how to play. He’s good at challenging shots at the rim. He knows how to play,” Rick Adelman said in his post game press conference.
The Wolves bench had been staggering their substitutions with Nikola Pekovic (16 points, 14 rebounds) or Love playing with the second unit, with Turiaf back the Wolves played 5 bench players together and they produced — with Alexey Shved leading with a +16 in 23 minutes.
Other notable stats include the Sixers 23 turnovers, good for 30 Wolves points, and the Wolves are back at .500 with the Phoenix Suns coming to Target Center for an 8:30 tip.