The Sixers lost. Unbelievable. Down by as much as 21. The final score was 100-92. The Timberwolves. And guess who killed the Sixers? Luke Ridnour. He had 20 points, 4 rebounds and assists, and 3 steals. Speaking of steals, the Sixers had 8 turnovers, 5 of them were Wolves steals. Sixers never lead the game. Once it got to double digits, it never was a real contest.
Marreese Speights lead all scorers with 21 points on 56% shooting to go along with 7 rebounds. Young had a double-double effort with 16 and 11 rebounds. Andre Iguodala had 12 points. Jrue Holiday had a stat stuffer with 12 points, 6 rebounds, 8 assists, and 4…turnovers. He shot 4-13. But…Lou Williams may have had the worse offensive performance. He shot 3-11 (27%). All of his shots were contested except for a buzzer beater from full court to end the 3rd quarter.
Jodie Meeks had an appearance in the game, 11 minutes. He shot 3-5 from beyond the arc and almost brought the team back from the dead. He ended with 9 points.
I tried to look at the stats to figure out where the Sixers lost the battle in. Both teams shot around the same percentage; 46% for Sixers and 47% for Wolves. Rebounds went for the Sixers 44-43. They won the assists too. Shot better from the arc but both teams made 7 3-pointers. Points in the paint went for the Wolves 44-40. It came down to the turnovers. Sixers had 8 vs 1 for the Wolves. The Wolves scored 13 points off of those turnovers while the Sixers scored only 2 points. Also, Wolves had 16 second chance points vs the 2 for the Sixers. That was pretty much the only major differences between these two teams in the stats line.
Next game is at the Orlando Magic. On the real schedule, the Sixers play the Rockets on the 9th. I might just simulate both games tomorrow to catch myself up.