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Love, T’Wolves Rally Against Sixers

Yet another game where the Sixers (20-12) blow a comfortable half time lead. And yet again, a superstar from the opposing team takes over to rally and win. This time, Kevin Love was the villain, or the hero for the Timberwolves (16-16), as he scored 12 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter, including a pair of free throws with .1 seconds left, which ultimately led to a 92-91 victory over the Sixers.

Ricky Rubio (left) and Kevin Love (right) fueled Minnesota's rally against the Sixers on Sunday night.

With the Target Center on its feet roaring with all their might, Kevin Love drove to the basket with his head down, hoping for Andre Iguodala to swipe in and get called for the reach. That was exactly what happened, as Kevin Love went to the line and calmly swished both free throws. Love finished the game with 20 points and 15 rebounds, despite starting the game 3-16 from the field.

Rookie point guard sensation Ricky Rubio had a career-high 22 points to go with 6 rebounds and 5 assists. His backup, J.J. Barea, had 14 points of his own to offset a strong game by Jrue Holiday. Holiday had 20 points while shooting 50% from the field, 5 rebounds, and 3 steals.

Neither team led by more than 1 in the final 6 1/2 minutes. Love, who only 6 points entering the second half, drained a 3-pointer that put the Timberwolves up 90-89 with less than a minute to play. Thaddeus Young answered right back with a jumper of his own to put the Sixers up 91-90.

Following a Kevin Love missed three, Lou Williams, who heated up during the second half, missed a key jumper. Kevin Love pounced on the ball, which set up the game-winning possession.

The Timberwolves notched their third three game-winning streak of the season to move back to the .500 mark. Minnesota goes to Denver on Monday night, starting a streak where they play 16 of 23 games on the road.

Despite losing, Jrue Holiday still had another good game, calming fans.

Despite losing 4 of their last 6 games, Sixers coach Doug Collins is still proud of his team and encourages his players to keep their heads up during this difficult month. Two weeks ago, the Sixers had to some of the toughest teams in the NBA on which Doug Collins called the “Death Row”. They had to play Miami, Chicago, Orlando, LA Lakers, and the defending champions Mavericks. While still in command of the Atlantic division, the Sixers are facing their first three-game losing streak of the season.

Coach Doug Collins has been pushing Holiday to assert himself more with the ball instead of looking for other teammates. Holiday did just that, taking 10 shots in the first half.

It seemed as if Ricky Rubio was listening in to the pep talk, as he led the Timberwolves out of a 18-7 deficit. Rubio also was 6-6 from the charity stripe. After asserting himself offensively, Rubio went back to assisting his teammates. The first four shots that were made were all assists from Rubio himself.

The Timberwolves spent most of the third quarter attacking the basket and getting to the foul line but Philadelphia’s rugged, active defense prevented them from building more than a 2-point lead. The 76ers lead the league by allowing less than 88 points per game.

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Author:Curran Aiyer

Studying Finance, Business Analytics, and International Business at the Kelley School of Business, Indiana University with a minor in Spanish. Aspiring to change the world by driving education and the importance of staying informed. Looking to share my learnings and knowledge on behavioral economics and how that correlates with investing in yourself wisely. Originally from Philadelphia and trusting the process.

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