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76ers determined to avoid letdown at Minnesota

According to STATS
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Philadelphia 76ers at Minnesota Timberwolves

  1. The 76ers have won six straight against the Timberwolves, the longest winning run by either team in the series history. Philadelphia has averaged 124.4 points per game on 50.2 percent shooting in the last five meetings between the teams.
  2. Tobias Harris' basket with 3.0 seconds left gave the 76ers a 107-106 win over the Lakers on Wednesday, giving Philadelphia its seventh win by fewer than 10 points this season. The Sixers' 7-1 mark in games decided by single digits is the best in the NBA this season.
  3. Ben Simmons recorded his 31st career triple-double in the Sixers win over the Lakers, with 17 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. Four of Simmons' 10 assists against Los Angeles set up threes as his 72 assists on three-pointers this season are the most in the NBA.
  4. The Timberwolves' 123-111 loss to the Warriors on Tuesday marked the 11th time they've allowed at least 115 points this season, only the Kings (13) and Nets (12) have done so more often. Minnesota is 0-11 when allowing 115 points this season and 4-2 when they hold opponents under that number.
  5. Malik Beasley scored 25 points in the Timberwolves loss to Golden State on Wednesday, his team-leading eighth 20-point game of the season. Beasley has seen his scoring average improve by 8.7 points per game (11.2 to 19.9) from last year (w/ Den), the third-largest increase in the NBA so far this season.
  6. Over 40.0 percent of Minnesota's points this season have been scored by players under the age of 23, while no other team in the NBA gets more than one-third of their scoring from players under 23.

Following a thrilling victory against the defending champions, the Philadelphia 76ers now must try and avoid a letdown when they visit one of the worst teams on Friday.

Tobias Harris' 12-foot jumper with 2.4 seconds left gave the Sixers a 107-106 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday. The Sixers will attempt to maintain that positive momentum when they go on the road to face the struggling Minnesota Timberwolves in Minneapolis.

Joel Embiid fell hard on his back in the third quarter after a flagrant 1 foul by LeBron James but stayed in the game to post 28 points. Harris added 24 and Ben Simmons recorded his 31st career triple-double with 17 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists.

Embiid's status is unclear for Friday. The Sixers are 0-4 this season when he doesn't play.

"You look at games like tonight, I thought I didn't play well at all and we still got the win," Embiid said. "I felt like I could have done much more, but we've been playing well and we've got to keep that same mentality. We want to win every game, but we have to win games like we should."

Harris struggled mightily at times last season under head coach Brett Brown. But under Doc Rivers, whom he played for in the past, Harris looks much more comfortable.

"For me, I just wanted to win," Harris said. "I know we let them back in it. I was a little frustrated. But I wanted to just, you know, be calm, be relaxed in that moment and get my shot off and live with the result. And I was able to do that."

The Timberwolves will hope to avoid a third straight defeat when they meet the Sixers.

Minnesota was dispatched 123-111 by the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday to fall to 4-13. To be fair, the Timberwolves continue to play without Karl-Anthony Towns and Juancho Hernangomez due to health and safety protocols.

The Timberwolves are 2-11 without Towns this season.

D'Angelo Russell missed Wednesday's loss with a bruised quad, but he could be available to face the Sixers.

No. 1 overall pick Anthony Edwards, however, continued to elevate his game as he finished with 25 points, including five 3-pointers. Despite the losses and depleted roster, Edwards' play was an encouraging sign.

"I thought that he was aggressive. I thought that he picked his spots and once again he was finding things within the offense," Minnesota head coach Ryan Saunders said. "There wasn't a whole lot of isolation, and that'll come more as he gets more freedom, but I liked his game tonight and the way he battled."

All the Timberwolves can do is continue to scrap, especially on defense, as long as the roster is thin. They'll have another stern test against the Sixers.

"It's a matter of making shots or not, and we're not making them," Ricky Rubio said. "I think we played good defense (Wednesday) until the end, but it didn't pay off with the offense. When you play good defense, you better make them pay on the other end. We took a lot of shots and the ball didn't go in. It's hard to win that way."

--Field Level Media

Updated January 28, 2021

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