But the Wolves, whose four-game winning streak had moved them almost even with 14th-place Golden State, looked every bit their identity as last-place landlords in a half-speed performance that brought back some ugly memories.
Created a few new ones, too. Even at its worst, Minnesota had never allowed more than 42 points in a quarter this season, but there were the Sixers, dunking, finger-rolling and all but cartwheeling their way to a 43-point second quarter.
The second quarter proved to be the best 12-minute effort of the season for the home team as the Sixers scored a season-high 43 points en route to a 73-51 lead at halftime. With both teams slated to fly out later in the evening, the second half lacked a certain intensity but Minnesota head coach Kurt Rambis felt it was more than just one half for his team.
“I wish I could blame everything on the second quarter,” Rambis said. “I don’t think we came out and played hard from the beginning of the ball game. I was disappointed with our effort throughout the entire ballgame.”