PHILADELPHIA — — Against one other brief-handed staff, the Timberwolves once more got here up massive on the street.
Anthony Edwards scored 25 factors, D’Angelo Russell had 19 and the Minnesota Timberwolves survived a late scare and gained their third straight sport, 112-109 over the undermanned Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday evening.
“We took plenty of unhealthy photographs, I positively did, however we bought the win, although,” Edwards stated of a 7-of-21 effort.
The 76ers have already performed with out James Harden for 2 weeks due to a proper foot tendon pressure they usually added beginning guard Tyrese Maxey to the harm checklist with a damaged left foot suffered Friday. PJ Tucker suffered an unspecified harm towards the Timberwolves and Joel Embiid injured his left ankle/foot following a late-sport collision with a teammate.
Embiid, the reigning NBA scoring champion, stated effectively after the ultimate buzzer he was nonetheless in ache and he hobbled off the dais following his press convention.
“Hopefully, one way or the other it feels higher, however we’ll see,” Embiid stated.
Maxey and Harden averaged 20-plus factors on the season, and their losses left Embiid to hold the load amongst a lineup that in a single stretch included him, Danuel House Jr., De’Anthony Melton, Shake Milton and Georges Niang.
“No one feels sorry for you. So I’m not going to really feel sorry for us both,” coach Doc Rivers stated. “We’ve bought to discover a technique to win. I do know that sounds nuts. But we simply need to. And we’ll determine it out.”
The 76ers want extra time.
Embiid had 32 factors, 9 rebounds and made 18 of 20 free throws. Milton had 27 factors and Melton 19.
Without two high scorers, the Timberwolves pounced early on the Sixers and stretched a successful streak with all three wins on the street. They gained at Cleveland, Orlando and moved to .500 at 8-8.
The Magic performed with out rookie Paolo Banchero and middle Wendell Carter Jr., their two main rebounders and two of their high three scorers. Cleveland performed with out injured All-Stars Donovan Mitchell and Jarrett Allen.
“We’re not ready the place we really feel like we are able to afford any letdowns,” Timberwolves coach Chris Finch stated. “We’re simply beginning to play effectively ourselves.”
Embiid gave the Sixers a scare with 5:33 left within the sport when he tripped over fallen teammate Georges Niang and crumbled to the courtroom. Embiid rolled his left ankle and lay on his again as he was checked out by a coach.
Embiid hobbled to the bench however stayed within the sport. He limped the remainder of the sport and hit the courtroom once more — on a steal after which he adopted with a 3 that pulled the Sixers to 105-102.
Edwards buried a 3 that stretched the result in six.
Melton, although, hit a 3 with 30 seconds left that inched the Sixers inside one however he missed a driving layup in site visitors on the subsequent possession that was their finest final-gasp effort to finish a comeback from 20 factors.
Niang airballed a desperation 3 on the horn.
“Sometimes the clock in your head goes sooner than what you even have,” he stated
Minnesota led by 15 factors within the fourth and was outscored 19-7 over the ultimate 8:46 of the sport.
“We have been capable of maintain on, make sufficient photographs, make a few massive performs to win a sport like that,” Finch stated. “It should not have come all the way down to that.”
Timberwolves: Finch performed at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, the place he was an NCAA Division III All-American in 1991 and 1992. He performed on the similar time the 76ers used to carry coaching camp on the school. “Team of my youth however not,” stated Finch.
76ers: Tobias Harris (sore left hip) sat out.
Timberwolves: Host Miami on Monday evening.
76ers: Welcome again former Sixer Ben Simmons when Brooklyn hits city Tuesday evening.