PLAYER GRADES: Philadelphia 76ers 118, Minnesota Timberwolves 109
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By Christopher Kline

The Philadelphia 76ers completed their season sweep of the Minnesota Timberwolves.

In what ended up being a tight contest, both the Philadelphia 76ers and Minnesota Timberwolves were treated to a raucous environment in the Toyota Center. Timberwolves fans mercilessly booed Jimmy Butler in his return, while Sixers fans — courtesy of the Rights to Ricky Sanchez Podcast — unleashed chants from the upper deck.

The Sixers were hot out of the gates, using a barrage of early three-pointers to take a 38-20 lead after 12 minutes. Tobias Harris and Jonah Bolden were hot from the get-go, giving the Sixers a much-needed boost in Joel Embiid‘s absence.

It was Bolden who ended up starring all night. Brett Brown made a concerted effort to keep him matched up with Karl-Anthony Towns, which yielded unexpectedly positive results. Bolden was able to avoid foul trouble until late in the game.

Using his length, Bolden was able to contest Towns on defense. On offense, he ended the game 5/7 from three-point range, flashing his upside on offense. It was his best game in a while, cementing his case for minutes in the second...



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