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Post by Fapplatte » 27 Jul 2020, 17:24

Wow, I haven't been to an NBA Finals in a 2K chise since 2015... 5 years ago :O
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Post by djp73 » 28 Jul 2020, 12:58

swept em !!!!!!

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Post by mvp » 28 Jul 2020, 17:48

The Clipps are better than both Philly and Toronto combined lol
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Post by Fapplatte » 28 Jul 2020, 20:56

mvp wrote:
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The Clipps are better than both Philly and Toronto combined lol
I'm surprised the Bucks didn't make the final. Giannis completely fucked me both games
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2019-20 Playoffs: Conference Finals Review:
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MINNEAPOLIS -- As the Minnesota Timberwolves await the beginning of their first NBA Finals appearance against the Philadelphia 76ers, we take a look and review how the other series in the Conference Finals finished. Let's check out the Eastern Conference:


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Game 1 --- TOR @ PHI [1-0] --- Raptors take Game 1 after scoring 16 3-pointers: Kyle Lowry was the star of the show in this one, hitting 6 3-pointers as the Raptors claimed a convincing, 112-94, Game 1 vicotry over the heavily favoured Philadelphia 76ers. Despite Pascal Siakam being held to 8 points, the Raptors had a fine night on defense, allowing 20 points in two quarters each. Serge Ibaka, who scored 18, had 2 blocked shots and Marc Gasol recorded 3 blocks of his own as the 76ers struggled to find a way through the Raptors intense defense. Joel Embiid did score 29 points for the 76ers to go with his 14 rebounds. Ben Simmons scored 20 and Tobias Harris and Al Horford scored 13 and 12 each as the rest of the Philly roster struggled to make an impact.

Game 2 --- TOR @ PHI [1-1] --- Raptors struggle to defend Embiid, who ties series with his 37 points: Pascal Siakam showed the world he can do it all with his 31 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocked shots while going 5 of 9 from beyond the arc. The only problem? The Raptors came up 1 point short in a 112-111 loss. Joel Embiid led the 76ers in a winning effort with his 37 points, 11 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 blocks as he seemed to be all over the court. The Raptors led the first quarter, 39-32, but couldn't find a way to replicate their first quarter success.

Game 3 --- PHI @ TOR [2-1] --- 76ers take series lead after dominant first quarter on the road: The 76ers took their first lead of the series after they led 37-26 by the first quarter. Joel Embiid led the 76ers with 33 points and 20 rebounds while Ben Simmons performed admirably in a supporting role, registering 21 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists as the 76ers now win two consecutive against the defending NBA champions. Spencer Dinwiddie led the Raptors with 32 points while five other Raptors scored double-digit points. So where did it all go wrong? The 76ers made 29 of their 39 free throws. Had the Raptors been more disciplined, then they would likely have taken the series lead. 119-109.

Game 4 --- PHI @ TOR [3-1] --- Philly crush Toronto on the road to setup possible Game 5 elimination on home court: The Philadelphia 76ers crushed the Toronto Raptors, 121-95, to give them a 3-1 series lead. The 76ers were precise from the field, hitting 53% while scoring 15 three-pointers and netting 24 of their 31 free throws. Once again, as he has done all series long, Joel Embiid led the 76ers with 31 points, 11 rebounds and 5 blocked shots. He went 4 of 8 from 3-point range and 9 of 11 from the free throw line in a standout performance. Ben Simmons scored 23 points and made 10 of his 11 field goals. The Raptors didn't play particularly well. Pascal Siakam led with 35 points. The next top scorer? Spencer Dinwiddie with 13 points.

Game 5 --- TOR @ PHI [1-4] --- Philly in NBA Finals for first time in 19 years: Philadelphia are going back to the NBA Finals after a near two-decade wait as Joel Embiid's 21 point, 18 rebound and 4 blocked shots night led the 76ers to an easy, 109-94 victory. Ben Simmons caused problems once again after he scored 20 points and went 8 of 11 from the field and the Raptors ran into foul trouble once again, allowing the 76ers to go 23 of 29 from the free throw line. Pascal Siakam led the Raptors with 26 points in a losing effort.


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Post by mvp » 29 Jul 2020, 17:47

This is going to be good. KAT vs Embiid :hmm: ..when's the last time we had two bigs like this in the finals?
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The Minnesota Timberwolves, the Philadelphia 76ers. Two teams you don’t hear much about this deep into the postseason. The Timberwolves are making their first appearance in the NBA Finals. The 76ers haven’t appeared in the NBA Finals since 2001 – 19 years ago. They haven’t won an NBA Finals since 1983. If the bookies in Vegas are to be believed, for the second NBA season in a row, we will have a franchise win its first NBA championship. How’s that for parity – after so many seasons of Cavaliers-Warriors showdowns.

The Minnesota Timberwolves, led by D’Angelo Russell, outlasted the Los Angeles Clippers in the Western Conference Finals to advance to the championship series for the first time in franchise history.

With Karl Anthony-Towns and midseason acquisition breakout star Kelly Oubre Jr sharing the frontcourt, the Timberwolves provide a different set of challenges for the Philadelphia 76ers, who were swept by Minnesota during the regular season. This series should be more competitive for both teams than their previous encounters through the Finals.

Philadelphia are anchored by Joel Embiid, who is one of the top MVP candidates this season. He grabbed Toronto by the heart and owned the franchise the entire series, averaging almost 30 points per game. He’s done that all season long and it’s the biggest question mark Minnesota will face. Can they shut down Joel Embiid.

From Minnesota’s season sweep, we don’t know. In their December contest, Embiid played poorly – scoring just 10 points. He was unavailable for their mid-January clash which saw Minnesota complete the season sweep. Minnesota had issues guarding Tobias Harris in the second game, who came up with 32 points for the 76ers. Karl Anthony-Towns has had a quiet postseason on offense so far. Is this the series he breaks out? He led the Minnesota Timberwolves in scoring in both contests against the 76ers this season.


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D’Angelo Russell exorcised his past this postseason. Gone are the demons which haunted him in LA, Brooklyn and San Francisco. He’s now one of the best young point guards in the league. Yes, he got shafted with no All-Star nomination. He’s quietly become one of the most polarising players in the league and he’s averaged 25.2 points per game in the postseason. His core numbers of points scored, rebounds and assists per game have all increased.

On the other side of the court is Ben Simmons who has consistently played a key supporting role for Joel Embiid. Simmons isn’t the type of slashing guard who’s going to need to be monitored on the outside like Russell. He does his damage on the inside and he does it well. He’s the best defensive point guard in the league. He’s the biggest point guard in terms of height and weight and will use that to his advantage against Russell. Expect Simmons to get physical with Russell, drawing fouls on the interior while forcing Russell to shoot from close range. If the 76ers want a chance to win the Finals, Simmons must take away Russell’s deep range capabilities.

Advantage: Minnesota

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Here’s one of the more interesting matchups of the series and the most low key one. Both are fantastic mid-range shooters. There’s no better player in the league at shooting guard in the mid-range than Richardson, while Malik Beasley shot from beyond the arc better than anyone in the league this season.

Defensively, Richardson beats Beasley through his physical attributes and stats. Beasley is a pure sharpshooter. The more opportunities he’s going to get, the more to his advantage. Richardson will need to take away the corner shot which is the most dangerous piece of Beasley’s arsenal. For Beasley, he’s going to have to defend the best he’s ever done. Richardson hasn’t had the best of seasons this season, but he’s still dangerous if given the opportunity and he’s been reliant on defense.

That being said, Minnesota has the superior backcourt which consists of D’Angelo Russell and Malik Beasley. They’re more offensive orientated than the combination of Ben Simmons and Josh Richardson. Whichever duo plays better in their own styles will contribute heavily towards an NBA Finals victory or not. With Beasley more in form than Richardson, I’m going with Malik Beasley.

Advantage: Minnesota

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This matchup here is the most important of the series. No, it's not Big Kat against Embiid. It's Kelly Oubre against Tobias Harris. Why? Because both are capable scorers and defenders. Kelly Oubre is having the playoffs of his life. He averaged around 14 points per game in the regular season. He broke out and single-handedly destroyed the Portland Trail Blazers in the first round. Oubre is averaging 21.9 points per game throughout the postseason and has relieved the pressure and scored the points when D'Angelo Russell and Karl-Anthony Towns has been unable to do so. Oubre has broken out this postseason into a very good small forward. It's the type of midseason acquisition every team wants. Someone to come in and make a difference. Oubre has - it just happened in their run to the Finals. Much like Oubre, Tobias Harris is an outside scorer. He averaged 17.9 points per game during the regular season and 15.3 points per game during the postseason. He played well during the Conference Finals series and repetitively hurt the Raptors with his big nights.

Where will this matchup be won? Not near the rim that's for sure. Both are opportunistic shooters from the outside. The Timberwolves will need to be cautious of Harris from going inside for his typical tear drops. While he's a top 3-point and mid-range shooter in the league, the Timberwolves may actually be more reluctant to force him for close range shots. For Philadelphia, it's all about stopping the momentum. Once Oubre Jr has settled into the game with momentum behind him, he's been difficult to stop from deep, inside the arc and playing aggressively towards the rim to draw fouls. They need to force Oubre to miss early and have him be in cold spells. The Small Forward position could be the most influential in the decision as to who wins the Championship game. I'm going to go with Kelly Oubre, as his hot streak hasn't flamed out just yet.

Advantage: Minnesota

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One is 20 years old. His career just starting. The other is 34 years old, his career outside looking in. The Power Forwards of this series is an intriguing one. There isn't a lot to go by on Naz Reid, who has started the power forward position and made it his own after January. He averages around 6 points per game and has helped the Minnesota Timberwolves improve on the defensive side of the court. His biggest challenge will be defending Al Horford, who is a known outside scorer. Horford will use his experience to his advantage this series.

There's not been many rookies which have started an NBA Finals. Naz Reid will gain that distinction which is so rare. The inexperience is palpable compared to Al Horford, who will play a bigger for the Philadelphia 76ers. You have to roll with the experience with this one.

Advantage: Philadelphia

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The matchup of the series. Karl Anthony-Towns vs Joel Embiid. When was the last time we saw two big centers draw the biggest matchup of the Finals? Both are at the top of the league in terms of skillset, with Joel Embiid an MVP candidate for guiding the 76ers to the second seed in the Eastern Conference this season. Both have such huge roles for their teams and are the cornerstones. KAT the inside-outside scorer. Embiid the paint beast. Both are incredible offensive threats, with Anthony-Towns averaging 25.0 points per game during the regular season. Embiid eclipsed the 30 point mark. These two players can score from anywhere, which makes them so dangerous as their so dominant in close range. Coming into the Finals, Embiid has been more in form, with Anthony-Towns playing better on defense this postseason than he has during the regular season.

How will the 76ers defend Anthony-Towns? What makes his game so great offensively is the ability of forcing defenders to bite when doing fakes in the posts. It's happened all season long. He's one of the best contact finishers in the game. Embiid will have his hands full defensively against a center who can pretty much do it all. Although different players, their skillsets crossover in many areas due to their versatility. Embiid is one of the best players in the league at finishing. Anthony-Towns can bring down the rebounds, nobody is better in the league than him at it - but, the question is can he defend an All-Star threat such as Embiid?

With all of that said, Joel Embiid is currently one of the best players in the NBA and is more important to the 76ers roster. This is the type of dream matchup you want to see and you're likely going to get every bang for your buck on this one.

Advantage: Philadelphia
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Let's get this ring
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Philadelphia convincingly beat Minnesota in Game 1 after meticulous night from the field
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PHILADELPHIA, MAY 28 -- Sometimes change is necessary. In this case, it was beneficial to the Philadelphia 76ers. Hours before tip-off, the Philadelphia 76ers made the brash but brave decision to replace veteran Josh Richardson in the starting line-up with rookie Matisse Thybulle. Hours later, the unknown rookie had played a huge role in the Philadelphia 76ers slaughtering the Minnesota Timberwolves, 131-98. The rookie, who never played in the regular season and had accrued only 290 minutes throughout the postseason, came through big by leading the 76ers with 22 points. Minnesota were so weak defending the interior, the buckets landed plenty and often for the 76ers, who struggled to miss the net. Eight players recorded double-digit points, with Philly’s bench outscoring Minnesota’s, 60-28 while scoring 56 of their 131 points in the paint. The move for Thybulle to start was to kickstart Philadelphia’s offense, which wanted to match the firepower of Minnesota’s. They never quite needed to do that, as their second ranked defense shut the Minnesota Timberwolves completely down, helping the offense take a 44 point lead at one stage of the night. Minnesota shot badly, converting just 38% of their shots and Joel Embiid had blocked 2 shots within the first two minutes of the game. Minnesota would miss 5 of their first 6 shots. It did look positive early, when Karl Anthony-Towns nailed a three-point shot. The offense would never materialise and Philadelphia coasted to a Game 1 victory.

“We didn’t play well enough, it’s that simple. We chose Game 1 of the NBA Finals to play our worst game of the postseason. We can’t allow that,” said Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Ryan Saunders. While Anthony-Towns led the team with 28 points, he struggled for much of the night, coming down with just 3 rebounds while starting the game 1 of 6 from the field. Joel Embiid was held to 12 points but his 15 boards led the game and contributed to the 76ers out rebounding Minnesota, offensive and defensively, 76-38. There’s no doubt about it. The Minnesota Timberwolves were clearly outplayed and never looked comfortable. While D’Angelo Russell recorded 15 points, 8 assists and 3 steals while converting 3 of his 5 shots from deep, he never received the support for Minnesota to hold their early lead or mount a comeback. Kelly Oubre was a non-factor and Naz Reid was never in a position try a field goal. The 76ers bottled up the Timberwolves attack and they had no answer. If there is one silver lining to their loss, it may lie with Josh Okogie, who perhaps played the best game of his career with a 16 point night in just 18 minutes on the court. “We couldn’t do the things we wanted, it was frustrating man,” said shooting guard Malik Beasley, who had 13 points. Philadelphia had total control of the game. Backup Alec Burks had 15 points in his 20 minutes of action, which is one more minute than what Ben Simmons (12 points) played as the starters came out of the game early in the fourth quarter.

“Embarrassing loss,” said D’Angelo Russell after the game. “A lot went wrong. We still have the rest of the series to sort it out, but we can’t afford to go back to Minnesota with a 2-0 hole.” Both teams tasted victory far more than defeat this postseason. Minnesota came in with a 12-2 record. Philadelphia with a 12-3 record. Minnesota had two sweeps. Philadelphia went 4-1 in each of their 3 playoff series. Defense wins championships is the mantra proudly spoken of in American sports. Tonight was the occasion. Philadelphia’s defense forced Minnesota to shoot 29% from the field by the time half-time rolled around, giving the 76ers a 34 point lead in a 76-42 game. From the 73 games the Minnesota Timberwolves have played, it’s likely they’ll rebound from their harrowing NBA Finals series opening loss. It’s left a bad taste in their mouths. Winning in Philadelphia isn’t easy. The 76ers have enjoyed a 26-12 (.684%) home record this season, which includes the postseason. The crowd was riled up for the biggest home night in over 19 years. They were loud, proud and hostile when the Timberwolves had possession. It’s a disappointing first ever game in the NBA Finals for the Minnesota Timberwolves, who came in as the favourites to win the series. Now? Not so much after such a heavy defeat. At times they have faced adversity, they’ve rebounded. The Timberwolves will have a huge test ahead of them in Game 2, let’s see if they can rebound.



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Post by Captain Canada » 02 Aug 2020, 03:02

Didn't see that one coming, I thought you were going to dominate.

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Post by mvp » 03 Aug 2020, 14:37

:shock: Bro wut.. Not even competitive
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Post by djp73 » 04 Aug 2020, 11:02

y'all got processed
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Minnesota mount ferocious comeback which results in 39 point swing as they tie up series
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PHILADELPHIA, MAY 30 -- It looked like it was all over by the mid-point of the second quarter. Same old story as the first game. Philadelphia dominating as Minnesota looked shaky shooting from the field early. Then, as so many games have gone in the third quarter this postseason, the Timberwolves greatly outplayed their opponent. The Philadelphia 76ers suffered a huge lapse and surrendered a 22 point lead with the Timberwolves speeding past them in the second half, leaving them in the distance of their windscreen as they claimed Game 2 of the 2020 NBA Finals, 112-95, tying up the series, which now heads to Minnesota for Games 3 and 4. It wasn’t an ideal start for Minnesota, whose weak interior defense led to Al Horford putting up 10 points in the first half, going 2 of 3 on 3-point shots when outside of travelling to the rim. If the Timberwolves are to rely on Karl Anthony-Towns, they may need to look elsewhere for the first quarter. He started slow yet again, going 1 of 6 from the field which includes all 3 failed 3-point attempts. The second quarter is when the Minnesota Timberwolves started to turn around their misfortunes. They forced 6 steals and went 5 of 14 from deep, compared to Philly’s lone 1 of 7. Minnesota improved their shooting while the 76ers shot 35% from the quarter which played a huge role in their half-time lead being cut to just five points at 59-54.

The second-half changed the complexion of the game. Minnesota outscored Philadelphia, 36-19 in the third quarter which saw the T-Wolves go 12 of 21% from the field which included 5 of 9 from deep. Philadelphia’s second quarter struggles leaked over to the second half where they shot 29% from the field in the third quarter. “It was the response we needed to make,” said head coach Ryan Saunders on his Minnesota Timberwolves. They responded perfectly. Malik Beasley, who had an awful game 1 and was shown up by a rookie, led the Timberwolves with 16 points after scoring 5 of 7 from the field which included 3 of 4 3-pointers being successful. D’Angelo Russell contributed 10 points and 4 assists and Karl Anthony-Towns netted 8 points after overcoming a slow start. 5 of his 15 rebounds came in the third quarter alone. “We sat down at half-time and we told ourselves we just had to keep doing what we had been doing all season long. We had to have faith that we would come out and put a statement second half, take the advantage back home with us,” said the tall center. Minnesota will travel back home with all the momentum after their Game 2 statement victory. The T-Wolves stunned Philly by forcing them into uncomfortable situations. What worked for Philadelphia in Game 1 failed in Game 2. Their bench, which contributed over 60 points in Game 1 had to settle for just 22 points. Alec Burks who had a promising Game 1 performance failed to leave a mark on Game 2. Rookie Matisse Thybulle, who was the star of Game 1 claimed just 13 points and went 1 of 5 from 3-point range. Tobias Harris had a nightmare Game 2 where none of his 5 3-point attempts were successful.

Ben Simmons led the 76ers with 20 points but was outplayed by his counterpart, D’Angelo Russell, who scored 24 points and dished out 7 assists in a standout performance where he hit 4 of his 6 3-pointers. Malik Beasley led the game with 29 points after his sharpshooting night. He hit 9 of 18 from the field and made the plays when he needed to. Each series there’s been a different player to step up and make a difference for Minnesota. Will this be Beasley’s series? The shooting guard is heading for free agency this summer and will cash in greatly with a terrific Finals series. Kelly Oubre left his mark with 16 points and Karl Anthony-Towns and Naz Reid were dominant against the boards, hurling in 16 and 13 rebounds respectively. MVP candidate Joel Embiid hasn’t shown up this series. In Game 2, Embiid scored just 11 points as Minnesota took him out of the game. He led the 76ers with Al Horford with 15 rebounds. The series heads back to Minnesota in two nights time and the Timberwolves have their first NBA Finals game victory in franchise history, tying the series and giving them all the momentum they need to try and establish their footprint on this Finals series.



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We got ourselves a series folks!
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We got ourselves a series folks!
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Minnesota quell fourth quarter uprising from Philadelphia as they take 2-1 series lead in 2020 NBA Finals
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MINNEAPOLIS, JUNE 2 – Behind a frenzy home crowd, the Minnesota Timberwolves shrugged off another slow start and finished off the Philadelphia 76ers, 105-101, as they take a 2-1 series in the 2020 NBA Finals. It wasn’t always a rosy picture as the 76ers at one point had a 13 point lead. Minnesota slowly carved it away and built an 18 point lead of their own before holding out against a 76ers team hell-bent on taking the series lead themselves. The 76ers took a 13-2 lead within the first three minutes of the game as Karl Anthony-Towns started 0 of 5 from the field thanks to impressive defensive skills by Joel Embiid who frustrated his counterpart from within the arc. Minnesota didn’t score on their first four opportunities which allowed the 76ers to build a commanding lead. Minnesota’s bench didn’t play particularly well in the first game – they redeemed themselves in the first quarter as they accounted for 23 of Minnesota’s 27 first quarter points. Ben McLemore scored 10, Jeremy Lin scored 6 and Josh Okogie scored 5 as they picked up the slack mainly from Karl Anthony-Towns who went 1 of 7 from the field during the first quarter.

It was all a different game thereafter. Minnesota went 11-2 to start the second quarter, hitting 5 of 6 buckets while Philadelphia went 1 for 6. Towns, who had a poor first quarter rebounded strongly in the second going 6 of 6 from the field while leading the Timberwolves with 14 second quarter points. Kelly Oubre, who had 0 points in the first quarter rebounded with 10 points in the second after going 3 of 4 from the field after being fouled three times and Josh Okogie continued chipping in with 6 points of his own as Minnesota outscored Philadelphia, 37-20, to take a commanding 64-51 halftime lead thanks to shooting 54% from the field compared to Philly’s respectable 42%. “We need to start strong,” said Towns, who was disappointed with his performance to start the game. “It will lessen the load later in the game if we’re able to control the scoreboard instead of always mounting comebacks.” Minnesota attempted 10 3-pointers in the first quarter, scoring 6. They attempted just four in the second quarter.

That trend would continue in the third quarter when Minnesota attempted just two 3-point attempts. Philadelphia’s defense tightened up as Minnesota shot 36% from the field in the third quarter. The 76ers went 12 of 22 from the field, respectable enough with their strong defense forcing the misses. However, they went 0 of 5 from beyond the arc and had no free-throws while Minnesota hit all seven of theirs. Towns once again led the T-Wolves with 11 points in this quarter while Kelly Oubre scored 5. It was a fight to the finish for these two teams. Minnesota started 1 of 10 from the field in the fourth and final quarter. Philadelphia started 3 of 10. Minnesota’s shooting was so bad in the fourth they finished with 15 points which allowed Philadelphia to chip away at their lead, ultimately giving the Timberwolves a four point victory. Ben Simmons helped mount that comeback with 26 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assists and 3 steals. Joel Embiid finished second with 17 points, 17 rebounds and 3 blocks. Tobias Harris finished with 16 points and rookie Matisse Thybulle rebounded from a poor Game 2 showing with 15 points, although he shot 6 of 20 from the field. The talk of Game 3 was Karl Anthony-Towns, who finished with a game high of 36 points and 11 rebounds. He shot 14 of 42 from the field while Kelly Oubre finished with the second most attempts (9). This was an offensive showing for Towns and the Timberwolves wanted to the ball in his hands. Naz Reid came through on the glass with a team high of 13 rebounds while D’Angelo Russell contributed just 9 points and 6 assists, although he did come down with 8 rebounds. Minnesota got it done and that’s all what matters as we move to an incredibly important Game 4. Minnesota can take a commanding 3-1 series lead or Philadelphia can level the series and bring the momentum back home for what will be a pivotal Game 6.



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