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Sixers get first win


Sixers get first win

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The Philadelphia 76ers avoided tying the record for the worst start to a season in NBA history, ending their 0-17 skid with an 85-77 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night.

Michael Carter-Williams had 20 points, nine rebounds and nine assists and Robert Covington added 17 points to keep Philadelphia from tying the 0-18 start by the New Jersey Nets in 2009-10.

The game got off to an awkward start when 16 seconds into the first quarter, referees realised that the two teams were going in the wrong direction. A foul on the Timberwolves had to be wiped away and the game restarted with a new jump ball.

The Sixers shot just 39 per cent against the worst defence in the league and turned the ball over 19 times. They scored only nine points in the second quarter, but in the end there were smiles and hugs for the first time this season.

Gorgui Dieng had 15 points and 16 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who lost for the 11th time in 13 games.

In New York, Mirza Teletovic had a season-high 26 points and a career-best 15 rebounds starting in place of Kevin Garnett, and the Brooklyn Nets snapped the San Antonio Spurs’ eight-game winning streak with an overtime victory.

The Nets regrouped in overtime after blowing a 14-point lead in the final five minutes of regulation and beat a team with a winning record for the first time this season.

Danny Green had 20 points, ten rebounds and the tying three-pointer with 2.4 seconds left in regulation for San Antonio.

Other scores:

Chicago Bulls 102, Charlotte Hornets 95

Boston Celtics 109, Detroit Pistons 102 (overtime)

Toronto Raptors 123, Utah Jazz 104

Houston Rockets 105, Memphis Grizzlies 96

Dallas Mavericks 107, Milwaukee Bucks 105

Atlanta Hawks 112, Miami Heat 102

Washington Wizards 111, Los Angeles Lakers 95