Tonight it was a tale of two halves as the Sixers fell to the Minnesota Timberwolves by a final score of 106-99. That gives the Sixers nine straight road losses on the season. After coming out fast and furious in the first half the Sixers lead as by as much as 19 and looked for sure to be on their way to their eighth win of the season. We all know that Minnesota was going to make a run in the second half but a comeback of that magnitude was surely out of the question or so we thought.
Led by big man Kevin Love, the T-Wolves offense got hot real quick and before you know it with seven minutes left in the fourth quarter, the Timberwolves took the lead for the first time in the game. They also got a huge helping hand from the Sixers because they matched a season high in turnovers with 26. Another element came into question was the blatant non calls on offense for the Sixers. It seemed like at times the Sixers were competing with not only the opposing team but with the refs as well. Evan Turner was hot in the first half leading the team with 13 points. He would be as cold as arctic air in the second as he missed his next six shots. Tony Wroten finished with a team high 20 points but it still was not enough to get the Sixers back in the win column. Kudos to Spencer Hawes who played both sides of the ball extremely well. The nimble big man finished with 20 points and 3 blocked shots.
In the end the sparky shooting of the Timberwolves was to much for a sub par Sixers defense. The Sixers have now lost four games in a row. They will look to snap that streak Friday night against the Toronto Raptors. The Raptors will look fairly different after the big trade this past week involving Rudy Gay.
After the Sixers head to Toronto, they come back to Philly Saturday night to play one of the top teams in the Western Conference, the Portland Trail Blazers. It could be a tough game on the end of a back-to-back, but the Sixers could be happy to be back in Philly. Welcome the Sixers back home by getting your Philadelphia 76ers tickets here.