Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 12/4/12
PHILADELPHIA -- All-Star forward Kevin Love routinely records double-doubles for the Minnesota Timberwolves. On Tuesday night, though, it was his teammates who redoubled their efforts. Reserve guard Alexey Shved scored 17 points, and Josh Howard and J.J. Barea recorded double-doubles as Minnesota ripped the Philadelphia 76ers, 105-88. Love, playing his seventh game since returning from a hand injury, shot 2-for-10 and finished with a season-low six points. He grabbed 10 rebounds and handed out five assists while his less-heralded teammates picked up the scoring slack. Minnesota (8-8) won its second straight. The victory was also the Timberwolves' most one-sided of the season. Howard, who started at small forward when Andrei Kirilenko did not make the trip because of back spasms, had season highs of 16 points and 10 rebounds. Barea added 11 points and 10 assists off the bench. "You aren't always going to play like we did tonight," Barea said. "Sometimes you have a bad game. ... I think we're doing a good job of staying aggressive, and it's working out for us." The double-double was Howard's first since April 10, 2009, when he played for Dallas, and the 57th of his career. Barea's double-double was his first of the season. Seven Timberwolves scored in double figures. Dante Cunningham (13 points), Luke Ridnour (10), Malcolm Lee (10) and Derrick Williams (10) were the others. Minnesota, which cracked the 100-point mark for the first time in 13 games, shot 53.2 percent from the floor (41-for-77). Last in the league in 3-point shooting at the beginning of the night (28.6 percent), the Timberwolves nailed a season-high 13 in 25 attempts, a season-best 52 percent. It was the most 3-pointers the Sixers have allowed in a game this year. The Timberwolves also enjoyed a 57-23 advantage in bench scoring. Evan Turner topped the Sixers, who have dropped two straight, with 19 points. Jason Richardson added 14, while Jrue Holiday and Thaddeus Young had 13 apiece. Holiday also handed out nine assists. "We've got a 10-8 record; there's nothing to be sad about," Richardson said. "We haven't hit 20 games of the season yet. (The loss is) a concern, but it's nothing to go crazy about. We've just got to go out there and do our job. We've got to learn each other and just continue to play hard." Shved shot 5-for-8 in all, 4-for-7 on 3-pointers. He made all three of his shots, two of them 3-pointers, while scoring 11 points in the first half, when Minnesota led by as many as 23 points en route to a 65-47 halftime lead. It was the most points the Timberwolves have scored in a half this season, and the most the Sixers have allowed. Turner had 12 points in the first half for the Sixers, while Holiday added 11 and Richardson 10. The Sixers never drew closer than 14 in the second half. "We kept making shots, and that's the biggest thing," Minnesota coach Rick Adelman said. "There was a while in the third quarter where they got out in the open court a couple times, and that's not what we wanted to do. We didn't want to give them any life, and for the most part, we did that." Sixers coach Doug Collins kept trying to find a pulse on his team. "You know, you've just got to fight," he said. "You've got to compete, that's all. I'm not going to run up and down the sidelines. All I'd do is get tired. That isn't going to work, and then they'll look at me like I'm a maniac." NOTES: The Sixers were without reserve guard Nick Young (toe). ... Philadelphia ranks 21st in the league in bench scoring (28.4 points per game) after finishing fourth last season at 38.8 per game. Collins noted that three of last year's reserves -- Turner, Young and Lavoy Allen -- are now starting, and another, Lou Williams, now plays for Atlanta. Collins added, "We're still finding out what guys can do, night in and night out. Just bring what you bring -- that's the most important thing." ... Collins said the team is toying with the idea of sending rookie forward Arnett Moultrie to Sioux Falls of the NBA Development League. Moultrie made just his sixth appearance of the season Tuesday night, and he scored four points in 11 minutes. "He needs to play," Collins said.
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