MINNEAPOLIS -- The Timberwolves needed a rescue from the depths of desperation Wednesday night against Philadelphia at Target Center, so Robbie Hummel stepped forth in their time of need.
Yep, you heard right: Robbie Hummel.
Trailing by 19 points at first quarter's end, the Timberwolves transformed themselves in a second half when they rallied to win 106-99, with Hummel in the middle of their comeback.
The Wolves rookie reserve fueled a 10-0 fourth-quarter run that changed the game and finally gave them their first lead of the night.
Then he added the punctuation point to the Wolves' first two-game winning streak in a month -- they won at Detroit on Tuesday in a romp -- by making his second three-pointer of the night with 54 seconds to play.
Hummel scored all of his 10 points in the final quarter, when the Wolves trailed by five points with fewer than 10 minutes left and then built a lead as big as six points in the final minutes.
Wolves center Nikola Pekovic scored six points -- including an almost unimaginable jump shot of sorts -- during that 10-0 run when Hummel scored two points, grabbed a rebound and fed Dante Cunningham to end the run for a 91-86 lead with 7:23 left.
The Sixers pulled within two points in the final three minutes, but the Wolves answered by scoring the next four points.
Kevin Love delivered another 26-point, 15-rebound game while Pekovic added a 20-point, 10-rebound double-double as the Wolves won consecutive games for the first time in a month.
Philadelphia lost for the eighth time in nine games. Center Spencer Hawes and guard Tony Wroten led them with 20 points, with Hawes making four of five three-point attempts.
The Wolves allowed 39 points in the first quarter alone and 61 points by halftime.
That's the most point they've allowed in any quarter this season. By halftime, they were behind only 61-48 after trailing by as many as 19 points.
They ended that second quarter by scoring the final five points -- all on Love free throws -- and then they opened the third quarter with a 13-2 run that made it a combined 17-2 burst.
They twice pulled within three points in the third quarter, but each time the Sixers answered and pushed back.
The Wolves got back to even for the first time since game's start. Ricky Rubio's three-pointer tied the score with 1:37 left in the third.
But Hawes, as he did all night, was heard from, answering with a three of his own that sent Philadelphia into the fourth quarter with an 81-78 lead.
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