MINNESOTA banked on an efficient offense and showed some stingy defense to hand Philadelphia a thorough beating, 110-86, at the Target Center on Thursday (Friday, Manila time).
Andrew Wiggins, Karl-Anthony Towns and Gorgui Dieng all had double-doubles to lead the Timberwolves on both ends of the floor. Minnesota shot 50.6 percent from the field and held down Philadelphia to just 37.3 percent shooting.
From a tied game at the 7:47 mark of the first quarter, Minnesota unleashed a fiery rally to take control of the game and never looked back the rest of the way.
Wiggins and Towns combined for 32 points early as the Wolves zoomed to a 61-33 lead at the break. Minnesota even led by as much as 33 early in the third quarter before Dario Saric tried to lead a Sixers comeback in trimming the gap down to 23 midway through the fourth period.
Towns and Wiggins responded and brought the lead back to 32 with 5:02 remaining, 102-70, before the Philadelphia bench cut the gap down to 10 but fell short as time expired.
Wiggins led all scorers with 35 points, Towns added 25 and Dieng chipped in 12, while all three hauled down 10 boards each to help Minnesota improve to 4-7.
Saric had 16 points off the bench to lead Philadelphia, who remain winless on the road and have a 2-10 card. Nik Stauskas and Ersan Ilyasova added 13 and 11 markers, respectively. Joel Embiid, who sat out their win against the Washington Wizards on Wednesday, finished with a double double of 10 points and 10 boards.