Oct 23, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jose Barea (11) is defended by Philadelphia 76ers guard Evan Turner (12) during the second quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Timberwolves J.J. Barea leads Minnesota over 76ers 125-102


J.J. Barea scored a game-high 22 points off the bench to help the Minnesota Timberwolves win 125-102 against the Philadelphia 76ers Wednesday night.

Barea led the Wolves’ reserve unit, which scored 85 points of the 125. Center Ronny Turiaf dominated with 12 rebounds and guard A.J. Price also had a good night with 10 points and five assists.

Kevin Love didn’t fair too bad either for a limited appearance, he scored 19 points and six rebounds. Ricky Rubio and Nikola Pekovic’s appearance came only in the first half. Rubio managed 5 rebounds and 5 assists with 2 points while Pekovic scored 4 points and had 1 rebound and 1 assist.

While we held the unfortunate title of the NBA’s worst 3-point shooting team last season, the Wolves had little trouble from the 3 point line Wednesday night. Love, Barea and Kevin Martin were a combined 10-of-16 to bolster the Wolves’ 3-point percentage to 51.7 (15-of-29).

Robbie Hummel had a rough shooting outing. In a team-leading 25 minutes, he converted one of his nine shots. But Hummel is in a tight battle with Price, Othyus Jeffers and Lorenzo Brown for one of the final spots on the Wolves’ roster.

Forward Dante Cunningham got himself ejected with a pair of technical fouls in the third quarter. Philadelphia’s Tony Wroten followed suit a short while later, also getting ejected.

The Philadelphia 76ers James Anderson scored 23 points, while point guard Michael Carter-Williams, the team’s 11th overall pick in the 2013 draft, added 15. Evan Turner had 11 points and 10 rebounds.

And Minnesota native Royce White scored 5 points with six rebounds and 1 assist.

There is no rest for the as they wrap up their preseason on Thursday night against the Detroit Pistons.

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