|Andre Iguodala, Samuel Dalembert lead 76ers past Timberwolves, 98-94|
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|Wednesday, 12 December 2007 18:50|
Willie Green added 18 points, and Andre Miller had 10 to help the suddenly surging Sixers improve to 9-13. Dalembert also had nine blocks on April 3, 2004, against New York.
Al Jefferson registered his 14th double-double with 22 points and 11 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who fell to an NBA-worst 3-17 and lost for the seventh time in eight games. Rashad McCants scored 15 and Marko Jaric and Antoine Walker had 14 each for Minnesota, which lost for the second straight night. The Timberwolves, now 1-9 on the road, also lost 102-88 at Washington on Tuesday.
The Sixers held a 79-74 lead after three quarters and then went cold, missing their first six shots of the fourth.
Minnesota responded and went ahead 89-86 on a 3-pointer by Walker with 5:28 left.
Iguodala hit a jumper to give Philadelphia a 96-93 lead with 1:24 remaining, but Jaric converted one of two free throws with exactly one minute left.
Minnesota had one last chance to tie the game after Iguodala was whistled for an offensive foul with 18.2 seconds left. But Dalembert blocked Jefferson's shot on a drive with 5.9 seconds to go and Iguodala sealed the victory with two free throws.
The Sixers led by 12 points in the first half and held a 51-41 advantage on a 3-pointer by Lou Williams with 47.9 seconds remaining in the first half. Minnesota scored the final four points and got within six at halftime, 51-45.
Green scored 12 points, Iguodala had 11 and Dalembert blocked four shots for Philadelphia.
Notes: Minnesota F Craig Smith, who scored a career-high 36 points against Washington on Tuesday night, entered Wednesday's game at Philadelphia fourth in the NBA in field goal percentage (59.6 percent) behind Andris Biedrins, Dwight Howard and Shaquille O'Neal. Smith was just 3-of-9 from the field and finished with eight points. ... Sixers F Rodney Carney (flu) was inactive while G Lou Williams (toe) came off the bench in the first quarter. Williams missed Monday's game against Houston. ... The 76ers failed to score at least 100 points for the first time in five games. ... Minnesota dropped to 0-15 when scoring under 100 points.