Wolves' bench shoulders heavy load in preseason rout of 76ers
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J.J. Barea scored a game-high 22 points off the bench as the Minnesota Timberwolves rolled to a 125-102 preseason victory against the Philadelphia 76ers Wednesday night.
Barea led the Wolves' reserve unit, which accounted for 85 points. Center Ronny Turiaf dominated on the offensive and defensive glass with 12 rebounds. Guard A.J. Price also had quality night with 10 points and five assists.
Minnesota, the NBA's worst 3-point shooting team last season, had little trouble from long-range. Love, Barea and Kevin Martin were a combined 10-of-16 to bolster the Wolves' 3-point percentage to 51.7 (15-of-29).
As Rick Adelman hinted at on Tuesday, he made another change at the small forward spot by inserting Robbie Hummel into the starting lineup. Hummel is the third player to start at the position in three games. Corey Brewer, who did not play Wednesday, started the first four games of the preseason before Derrick Williams started in his place Sunday against the Celtics.
Hummel had a rough shooting outing. In a team-leading 25 minutes, he converted one of his nine shots. But Hummel remains locked into a battle with Price, Othyus Jeffers and Lorenzo Brown for one of the final spots on the Wolves' roster.
Forward Dante Cunningham got himself ejected with a pair of technical fouls in the third quarter. Philadelphia's Tony Wroten followed suit a short while later, also getting ejected.
The Wolves have a quick turnaround as they wrap up the preseason Thursday against the Detroit Pistons.