Karl-Anthony Towns had 25 and Sixer Jahlil Okafor only 7 in the battle of 2015 top draft picks.
By Mary Cunningham
Last night’s Sixers-Timberwolves game wasn’t exactly a battle of titans:
The 76ers and Timberwolves had a combined record of 5-16 heading into their game in Minny.
But it turned out the be a battle of the TNT network stars!
Andrew Wiggins had 35 points, 10 rebounds and four assists to lead the Timberwolves to a 110-86 victory over the 76ers.
Karl-Anthony Towns had 25 points and 10 rebounds and Gorgui Dieng added 12 points and 10 boards for the Wolves (4-7). The Wolves shot 50.6 percent and avoided the poor third quarter that had plagued them this season.
“I think that they’re a lot further ahead for all the obvious reasons, and it’s not a lack of respect or disservice to our guys at all,” Sixers coach Brett Brown said. “This group that you’re looking at played with each other all last year, many, many, many, many games together.”
Joel Embiid had 10 points and 10 rebounds in 23 minutes after sitting out the front end of Philly”s back-to-back on Wednesday night. Dario Saric led the way with 16 points, but the 76ers lost their 21st straight road game.
“They’re young and they’re still going to get better, and that’s where we’ve got to get to,” Embiid said. “When you learn how to play with each other, it’s easier to play.”
Wiggins made 14 of 20 shots, including 3 of 6 3-pointers. The Wolves had been outscored by a league-worst 91 points in 10 third quarters this season, but they led by 28 at halftime on Thursday night, rendering a minus-1 in this game moot.
“At times last year I would drift to the corner and stay there,” Wiggins said. “I’m just being more active. My awareness is higher. I’m doing more.”
In a matchup of two of the best young big men in the league, Towns blew past Embiid to throw down a ferocious dunk in the fourth quarter to get the crowd on its feet. He made 12 of 18 shots.
The last time the Sixers won a road game was Jan. 20 at Orlando. … Nik Stauskas had 13 points and five rebounds. … Philly scored just 33 points on 31 percent shooting, tied for its lowest scoring output of the season.