After an evenly matched 3rd quarter in which the Sixers would regain the lead, the contest would come down to the final minutes of the game. A short-range jumper from MCW with 10 minutes remaining put up and the 76ers would hold a lead (as large as 7) until Mo Williams knocked down a three-pointer to give the Wolves a 75-73 lead with just over 2 minutes left. However, KJ McDaniels would answer right back with a 3 of his own off a Carter-Williams dish. Minnesota would pull within 1 point after a Dieng layup with 1:21 left on the clock. But less than 10 seconds later, Covington would drain a three-pointer. Williams would fail to answer to respond and Noel would add another 2 points to push the Sixers up 83-77 with :46 seconds remaining. Two free-throws from Mbah a Moute would seal it as Philly picked up their first win of the 2014-15 season.
Both teams struggled shooting the ball (Philly 39% FG/64% FT, Minnesota 35.7% FG) and turned the ball over 18 times each. The Sixers dominant in any particular statistic except points off the bench, 32-14.
Michael Carter-Williams almost completed his 4th career double-double, finishing with a game-high 20 points, 9 assists, 9 rebounds and 3 steals. MCW also had 6 turnovers but who cares, they won! Mbah a Moute scored 12 points and added 9 boards. McDaniels and Covington had a huge impact off the bench. McDaniels ended with 12 points (4-13 FG), collected 9 rebounds, and blocked 4 shots while Covington scored 17 points.
Thad Young (my favorite former Sixer) led Minnesota with 16 points and 6 rebounds while Dieng secured 16 rebounds and added 15 points.
The Sixers play the Thunder on Friday.
By: Matt Ryan