After 574 career games over eight-plus seasons with three teams, Terrell Brandon finally had his first triple-double.
Brandon had 27 points, 14 assists and 10 rebounds and the Minnesota Timberwolves made 15 of their first 17 shots as they cruised past the 76ers, 123-112, last night in Philadelphia for their fifth straight victory.
"I've been close in my career--a rebound short or an assist here or there--but now I've gotten over the hump and can say I got one before I retire," Brandon said.
Six other players scored in double figures for Minnesota. Malik Sealy added 23, Kevin Garnett 20, Joe Smith 16, Sam Mitchell 14, Anthony Peeler 13 and Radoslav Nesterovic 10. Every Minnesota player who took a shot made at least half his attempts.
The Timberwolves shot well from the outset in building a 20-point lead by the end of the first quarter. Minnesota shot 18 for 22 (82 percent) in the period. Brandon went 4 for 4; Garnett, Sealy and Nesterovic were 3 for 3; and Peeler shot 2 for 2.
Their 123 points were a season-high, eclipsing the 114 they scored in Japan in their second game of the season.
Allen Iverson scored 37 to lead the 76ers, who had their five-game home winning streak snapped as they lost at First Union Center for the first time since Dec. 11.
KINGS 116, PACERS 113: Chris Webber had 31 points on 15-of-26 shooting and Nick Anderson added a season-high 25 for host Sacramento. Webber has averaged 29 points in his past eight games since missing two with a strained neck.
GRIZZLIES 107, RAPTORS 97: Shareef Abdur-Rahim scored 29 points, making 15 of 16 free throws to lead visiting Vancouver. The Grizzlies, 5-6 under new coach Lionel Hollins, have won three of their last four road games, also beating Miami and New Jersey.
Abdur-Rahim scored 16 points in the third period, making all 10 free throws. Vancouver, which made just 10 baskets in the second half, made 40 of 46 free throws.
SUPERSONICS 100, WARRIORS 95: Rashard Lewis hit a go-ahead three-pointer in overtime and Vin Baker had 30 points and 18 rebounds as Seattle beat host Golden State for the third time in three meetings this season. It was the Warriors' ninth straight loss.