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Philadelphia 76ers avoid terrible history with first victory

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Hooray! Hooray! The streak has ended. Mock, sarcastic celebrations occurred all over the Philadelphia area on Wednesday night after the Philadelphia 76ers did the rarest of things, win.

Yes, they were playing an injury riddled Minnesota Timberwolves team with only four wins. But they have lost to other bad teams before. They were the champions of bad, until all of that crumbled on Wednesday.

Philadelphia took the lead in the fourth quarter and actually held it in an 85-77 win over the Timberwolves to move to 1-17.

Don't kid yourself, though, because when the NBA puts all of those ping pong balls in the machine for the NBA lottery, the 76ers will still have the most chances to get next year's No. 1 overall pick. Because they likely won't win again anytime soon.

It was the team's fifth win in the past 54 games, according to ESPN Stats & Info. It also helped the team avoid joining the Nets as the only NBA team to ever start a season 18-0. There will be plenty of those records in their future, however.

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Fitting start

The biggest joke of a night filled with jokes came at the start. The 76ers won the opening tip and promptly took the ball the wrong way. The Timberwolves followed and …. well … fouled.

The refs didn't immediately notice, so 15 seconds in the game Henry Sims was headed to the free throw line trying to give his team the early lead and, instead, the game had to be started over. A mulligan. A redo. An embarrassment like every other embarrassment the 76ers have had this season.

Who led them to the win?

Michael Carter-Williams is the 76ers' best player and proved it on Wednesday with 20 points. Robert Covington, however, was the big surprise with 17 points and four boards in 31 minutes. He averages 5.1 points on the season.

The Timberwolves, on the other hand, were led by former 76er Thaddeus Young's 16 points and Gorgui Dieng's 15 and 16 boards.

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Minnesota Timberwolves
Northwest Division
Western Conference
NBA
Philadelphia Sixers
Atlantic Division
Eastern Conference

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