Timberwolves 25 Throwback: Wolves Beat Sixers For Franchise's First Win

Timberwolves 25 Throwback: Wolves Beat Sixers For Franchise's First Win

Editor’s Note: Throughout the 2013-14 season, Timberwolves.com will highlight some of the most significant moments in the team's history as part of the Timberwolves' 25th season celebration. These articles will be written as they would have been in that particular year if Timberwolves.com was around at the time. Today we flash back to Nov. 10, 1989, as the Wolves won their first-ever game in franchise history against the Philadelphia 76ers.

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Very few Minnesota Timberwolves fans expected the team to win many, if any, games this season. So, to see the team still in a contest nearing the end of the fourth quarter was not only shocking to the 29,117 fans rocking the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, but more so to the visiting Philadelphia 76ers team.

With less than four minutes remaining, the Sixers blew a seven-point lead by means of a mongo collapse on defense.

In the last seconds of the game, Tyrone Corbin tied the game at 111, banking in two key free throws. This took the game into overtime where the Timberwolves never looked back, outscoring the Sixers 14-7 and leading to a 125-118 overtime victory--the first in franchise history.

“We deserved this,” coach Bill Musselman said about the Timberwolves thrilling, come-from-behind victory.

The team certainly did, outworking their opposition and taking advantage of the Sixers bogus miscues on defense.

Offense wasn’t a problem for either ball club.

For Minnesota, Tony Campbell was the offensive ace, dropping 38 points on the Sixers. Meanwhile, Corbin was forced to D-up and play the role of iron man, clocking 53 minutes. Corbin racked up a career high 36 points and helped lead the way with his gnarly defense, collecting 13 rebounds and stealing the rock away four times.

The Sixers struggled down the stretch, shooting the ball 2-of-9 in the final 2 minutes of the contest. The team as a whole made only 44% of their baskets.

Although the Minnesota starters only went 1-4 from downtown, the team made 51 percent of its baskets.

Center Brad Lohaus threw up enough bricks to build a house, shooting 0-for-4 from the field. However, Scott Roth came off the bench and provided a radical spark, scoring 20 points and collecting seven rebounds.

Meanwhile, Sidney Lowe was dropping dimes left and right to teammates Corbin and Campbell, accumulating a team-high 10 assists.

Both teams struggled with a handle on the ball. Minnesota suffered 18 turnovers, while Philadelphia lost it 16 times.

For the Sixers, Charles Barkley put in a valiant All-Star appearance. Barkley was the automatic, go-to-guy, putting up 31 points and grabbing 8 rebounds.

But, his baller efforts weren’t enough, and the Timberwolves took the game 125-118, improving their record to 1-3 on the season.


  1 2 3 4 OT Final
Sixers 35 27 30 19 7 118
Timberwolves 30 33 26 32 14 125


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