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Timberwolves finish off comeback win over Sixers in OT

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1/18/2010 9:34:08 PM
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Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Jonny Flynn put in 16 of his career-high 29 points in the second half and overtime as Minnesota overcame a 17-point halftime deficit to take a 108-103 decision from Philadelphia at the Target Center.

Al Jefferson had 23 points and 13 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who returned home on the heels of a winless four-game road trip to earn only their second win in the last 11 contests.

"It feels great. We kind of struggled a little bit in the first half, then came out big and fought back. You have to keep fighting and we did that today," Flynn said.

Ryan Gomes contributed 16 points and Damien Wilkins 13 with 10 rebounds.

Andre Iguodala paced the 76ers with 17 points, seven boards and five assists. Willie Green added 16 points and Lou Williams 15 in the loss for Philadelphia, which had won three of four coming in and got double-digit scoring efforts from seven different players.

Samuel Dalembert had 12 points and 10 rebounds, Allen Iverson dished nine assists and scored 11 points to equal Marreese Speights' scoring output.

After Philadelphia blew a lead that was as high as 20 just before the break, Iguodala hit two at the line and nailed a jumper to tie the game at 91 with four minutes left in regulation. He hit a three 1 1/2 minutes later to stay within one, but a Jefferson layup with 1:10 to play had Minnesota up 99-96.

Elton Brand drew a foul and made both shots to get back within one, and after Wilkins misfired on a three, Iguodala made 1-of-2 at the line to tie things at 99 with 27.8 seconds left.

Flynn couldn't get a runner to fall on the next possession and Dalembert secured the board with four seconds left. That was enough time for Iguodala to get a decent look at a 19-footer, but it was off the mark.

Flynn scored the first three points of overtime and made 1-of-2 at the charity stripe with 2:27 remaining for a 105-101 advantage. Following a series of misses and turnovers on both ends, Jefferson got a tip-in to go for a 107-101 game with 44.5 ticks left.

Williams had an ensuing three rim out and Corey Brewer's free throw extended the margin to seven with 25.3 to go -- a difference that ultimately proved too much for the Sixers to overcome.

"I don't know why this is happening, we're still not getting breaks, still not closing out games," Williams said. "It's another big lead that we lost. I don't know if there needs to be a big sit-down...where guys say we need to finish out games. I think we understand that at this point, we just need to go out and do it."

The Sixers held a 29-17 lead after 12 minutes before settling on a 57-40 halftime difference. The T'Wolves surged to begin the second half and Flynn helped cut the deficit to 11, 63-52, with a pair of buckets that began a 13-2 run. Gomes scored the next seven and Jefferson ended the stretch with a jumper to get within four at 65-61 with 4 1/2 minutes to go.

Gomes knocked down a three and added a jumper to get within 68-66 moments later and Flynn's three-ball tied it at 73 just before the end of the period. An outlet pass from Iverson to Speights resulted in a quick deuce, and Philadelphia entered the fourth with a two-point edge.

The Wolves went ahead for the first time since the game's opening minute on Wilkins' dunk less than two minutes into the fourth. Philadelphia went back in front during a 9-0 burst a short time late, as Speights' jumper capped the stretch for an 84-79 lead with under eight minutes left.

The back-and-forth sequence continued with Minnesota rattling off a 10-2 spurt to take a 91-87 edge on Flynn's runner with less than five minutes to go.

Game Notes

Minnesota kicked off a three-game homestand Monday, as the Thunder and Hornets are also scheduled for visits to the Twin Cities, where the club is just 6-15 this season...The Sixers dropped to 7-14 on the road...Minnesota has won seven of 11 meetings with the Sixers, who have lost four straight trips to Minneapolis...Brand provided 10 points and seven boards for Philadelphia, which shot 48.2 percent from the field...The Wolves hit at a 46.6 percent clip...Flynn also had nine assists...Dalembert did not return with the team from Minnesota and will be excused from practice on Tuesday as he will be traveling to Haiti with a group from Project Medishare.

 

Jonny Flynn (Photo: David Sherman/NBAE/Getty Images)

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