Sixers dominate Minnesota Timberwolves after slow start, 118-94
After a lackluster start, the 76ers finished off strong with a 24 point win over the Minnesota Timberwolves 118-94. In the first quarter, the Sixers only shot 5/21 from the field and could not buy a single bucket. Philly was able to draw fouls to get something going offensively, having 13 free throw attempts to start.
Following that rocky start, the Sixers exploded, shooting 51.5% from the field the next three quarters, and finally found their rhythm. Joel Embiid had yet another MVP performance getting 37 points in just 27 minutes. Minnesota was missing star center Karl-Anthony Towns, and Embiid exploited that weakness. Joel shot 18 free throws and forced center Ed Davis to commit five fouls in only 23 minutes.
For the rest of the team, Tobias was second in scoring, having 17 points tonight. Ben Simmons was aggressive in attacking the rim tonight and had several great opportunities, but most weren’t falling. Another critical issue was Ben was shooting further and further away from the basket when attacking, opening up his game.
Shake Milton has been in a bit of a slump the last week and has yet to shake it off (pun intended). Milton shot 4/12 from the field and has had opportunities but is unable to execute. Hopefully, Milton can work himself out of this slump in the near future.
The 76ers now improve to 14-6 on the season and hold a strong lead over first place in the Eastern Conference. Their road trip continues on Sunday when the Sixers head to Indiana to face Domantas Sabonis and the Pacers.
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