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'Best' and 'Worst' awards: Sixers vs. Timberwolves

MINNEAPOLIS – My look at some of the best and worst performances and happenings from the Minnesota Timberwolves’ 106-99 victory over the 76ers on Wednesday at the Target Center:

'Best' and 'Worst' awards: Sixers vs. Timberwolves

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Robbie Hummel scored five clutch points during a 13-3 fourth quarter run that led Minnesota to victory. (Paul Sancya/AP file photo)
Robbie Hummel scored five clutch points during a 13-3 fourth quarter run that led Minnesota to victory. (Paul Sancya/AP file photo)

MINNEAPOLIS – My look at some of the best and worst performances and happenings from the Minnesota Timberwolves’ 106-99 victory over the 76ers on Wednesday at the Target Center: 

Best performance:  I have to give this to Robbie Hummel even though he only played 48 seconds through the first three quarters. The Timberwolves reserve forward scored five clutch points during a 13-3 run that led Minnesota to victory.  With the Timberwolves trailing by one, he made a 21-foot jump shot to give them an 87-86 advantage with 8 minutes, 27 seconds left. It was Minnesota’s first lead of the game, and gave it the lead for good. Hummel, who made 2 of 3 three-pointers, finished with 10 points. He also had three rebounds and a steal in 11:39 of action.

Worst performance: Kevin Martin is the runaway winner of this award. The Timberwolves shooting guard was supposed to cause matchup problems for the Sixers. Instead, Martin had a problem making baskets.  He missed his first eight field-goal attempts en route to going 1-for-9 and finishing with five points. Ineffective, Martin sat out most of the fourth quarter.

Best defensive performance:  This award goes to Lorenzo Brown. The Sixers reserve point guard finished with two blocked shots and a steal while constantly providing a defensive presence. He finished with four points, six assists and five turnovers in 19:17.

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Best performance in a losing effort: Spencer Hawes has to get this one. The Sixers center had a huge bounce-back game, finishing with 20 points, a game-high three blocks, six rebounds and three assists one game after being held to a season-low two points.

Worst statistic:  This goes to the Sixers’ turnovers. They turned Titans turned the ball over 26 times.

Best statistic: This goes to Hawes’ three-point shooting performance. The 7-foot-1, 245-pounder made four of his five shots from behind the arc.

Worst of the Worst: This has to go to the Sixers losing a 19-point lead. They could capitalize on horrid shooting night for the Timberwolves.  As a result, the Sixers squandered what would have been a much-needed, confidence-boaster. Dang, Dang, Dang.

- Keith Pompey

Follow and contact Inquirer 76ers beat writer Keith Pompey on Twitter @PompeyOnSixers

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Keith Pompey has been an Inquirer reporter since September 2004 and took over the Sixers beat in the summer of 2013 after covering Temple basketball and football for the previous three years.

Marc Narducci has served in a variety of roles with the Inquirer since beginning in 1983. He has covered the 76ers as a backup and a beat writer. In addition, Narducci has covered everything from the Super Bowl to the World Series and a lot in between.

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