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2/9/2010 9:51:36 PM
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Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Andre Iguodala scored a game-high 24 points, and Elton Brand added 21 points and seven rebounds, as the Philadelphia 76ers routed the Minnesota Timberwolves, 119-97.

Both teams came in with season-high four-game winning streaks, but it was the Sixers that continued to turn the corner in an otherwise disappointing season.

Lou Williams helped the cause with 16 points and seven assists off the bench, while Thaddeus Young and Willie Green each scored 15 points for Philadelphia, which made 61.4 percent from the field in the first half to build a 22-point halftime lead.

"The defense in the second half, we really wanted to step it up," Brand said. "We didn't play well offensively, but they were 50 percent from the three- point line and shooting 45 percent from the field. We wanted to limit their looks."

Wayne Ellington, a Philadelphia-area native, led Minnesota with 16 points. Corey Brewer and Jonny Flynn each netted 14 points, while Al Jefferson had 12 to go with 10 rebounds in the loss.

"They thrive off of turnovers and one-on-one play," Timberwolves center Ryan Hollins said. "They were hitting their shots tonight. You can't turn the ball over. That's probably one of the worst teams in the NBA you want to do that against."

Philly was on top 30-23 after 12 minutes of play and embarked on a 15-0 run early in the second frame to take control. Jason Smith had seven points on the run and his three-point play capped it for a 45-25 lead three minutes in.

The difference reached as high as 57-35 on two Williams free throws at the midway point of the quarter, and the hosts went into the locker room with a healthy 73-51 lead.

Remembering the 20-point lead they squandered in Minnesota a few weeks ago, the Sixers kept their foot on the gas in the third, as consecutive three- pointers from Green and Iguodala yielded an 81-56 cushion with nine minutes left in the quarter.

The 97-76 score after 36 minutes was never threatened in the fourth.

Game Notes

Sixers guard Allen Iverson missed the game to be with his ill son Tuesday and will also miss Wednesday's game at Toronto. He will return from his five-game absence next Tuesday against the Heat...The Sixers blew a 20-point lead when they visited Minnesota on January 18, eventually losing 108-103 in overtime...The T'Wolves are 4-22 on the road this season...The Sixers made 57.5 percent on their shots and 22-of-25 from the foul line...Young also pulled down eight rebounds in the win.

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