MINNEAPOLIS -- It had all the signs of a much-needed victory for the 76ers.
They were shooting 77.2 percent in the first quarter. They had a commanding 19-point lead late in the second. And the Minnesota Timberwolves were struggling to even make a basket.
Then Robbie Hummel took over.
The Timberwolves rookie sparked a 13-3 fourth-quarter run to lift the Timberwolves to a 106-99 victory Wednesday night at the Target Center.
Hummel scored five of his 10 points during the decisive run as Minnesota improved to 11-11.
The Sixers (7-16) dropped their four straight game. They have lost eight of nine.
Hummel started to take over in the fourth quarter with his team trailing, 83-78. He scored five of Minnesota's next nine points. His last two gave the Timberwolves an 87-86 lead with 8 minutes, 27 seconds left. Minnesota led the rest of the way.
Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love led all scorers with 26 points to go with 15 rebounds. Center Spencer Hawes and point guard Tony Wroten led the Sixers with 20 points apiece.
Early on, the Sixers looked capable of posting an upset.
They closed out the first quarter with a 20-3 run to take a commanding 39-20 lead. It was the most points the Sixers scored in the first quarter this season. They shot an impressive 77.3 percent (17 for 22) over the 12-minute span.
The Timberwolves opened the second quarter with an 8-0 run as the Sixers missed their first six shots.
But the Sixers started making baskets and regained their 19-point cushion at 56-37 with 3:35 left in the half. After a Minnesota run, the Sixers took a 61-48 cushion into the half.
The Timberwolves kept chipping away. They pulled within three points three times and knotted the score at 78-78 on Ricky Rubio's basket with 1:48 left in the quarter. But Hawes responded with a three-pointer 31 seconds later to give the Sixers an 81-78 advantage.
As expected, Michael Carter-Williams missed his fourth consecutive game because of soreness and a skin infection on the front of his right knee. The Sixers' rookie point guard spent three days at University of Pennsylvania Hospital because of the ailment. He is listed as day-to-day. The 22-year-old is on antibiotics and is waiting for the soreness to go away before he takes the court.
"He's just with the group," 76ers coach Brett Brown said of Carter-Williams' joining the team for the two-game road trip. "I treat him a lot like (injured rookie center) Nerlens (Noel, who makes the road trips.)
"We've had a lot of practice on how to integrate Nerlens and still make sure (he's) a part of what we are doing. So he just comes out with the guys and walks through scripts on the side with them, helping them. And he's good."
Carter-Williams missed his eighth game this season. The rookie-of-the-year candidate missed four other games with a bruised arch in his left foot.
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