The Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday night suffered a very tough last second controversial lose to the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Sixers lost on two late free throws from Kevin Love after a very questionable foul call on the Sixers Andre Iguodala which after seeing it over and over again appeared to have gotten all ball on the play but the foul was called with one-tenth of a second left on the clock and in the fourth quarter. Love made the two free throws and the Timberwolves went on to defeat the Sixers at the Target Center, 92-91. The foul caused an uproar on the Sixers bench and head coach Doug Collins was not happy with the call made on the court.
The Sixers and the Timberwolves played back and forth for most of the fourth quarter and they score was tied numerous times in the quarter. The lose to Minnesota extended the Sixers current losing streak to three games which is the longest of the season for the Sixers.
It looked like the Sixers were going to escape from Minnesota with a win. The Timberwolves were down 91-90 with 3.6 seconds left in the fourth quarter. Kevin Love got the ball and the Sixers Andre Iguodala fouled him and the Sixers bench errupted in disagreement with the foul called on the court. Love finished the night with 20 points and 15 rebounds. The Sixers Andre Iguodala had 13 points and seven rebounds.
The Sixers this season have lost a few games like the one on Sunday night, coming down to the last shot. They were 0-4 coming into this game in games which came down to the final possession. The Sixers overall record fell to 20-12 and they are still in first place in the Atlantic Division.
Jrue Holiday led the Sixers on the night with 20 points on 10-for-20 shooting from the floor. Lou Williams had 13 points. The Timberwolves were led by their rookie guard Ricky Rubov who had a career game with 22 points and he had five assists. Center Nikola Pekovic had 17 points and nine rebounds and Jose Beven had 14 points off the Minnesota bench.
The Sixers continue this current road trip when they go into Memphis on Tuesday night and then Houston on Wednesday night. Both tough places to play. The Sixers have to get back to their winning ways and need to do it quickly. The New York Knicks are beginning to put heat on the Sixers by winning eight out of nine and within four games of the top spot in the division. The Sixers just need to start playing team basketball and get back to playing excellent defense which has given them the 20 wins they have so far this season. They need to stop this current losing streak and stop the bleeding. They need to win Tuesday night in Memphis. This is an important game because you don't want to continue this streak of losing games.