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Philadelphia 76ers

76ers cruise to big win over Timberwolves in Jimmy Butler's first game against former team

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Butler and Embiid combined to score 50 points in the win. (NBA Getty Images)

In Jimmy Butler's first game against his former team, the Philadelphia 76ers made sure they walked away with the W, putting forth an electrifying offensive performance in their 149-107 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Butler recorded 19 points, four assists, three rebounds and two steals, and was one of seven Sixers players scoring in double figures on the night. Joel Embiid led the way with 31 points and 13 rebounds, while Ben Simmons fell one assist shy of another triple-double, recording 20 points, 11 rebounds, nine assists and three blocks as Philly moves to 29-16 on the season.

The 76ers were in control early, scoring 40 first-quarter points and went into the half with a commanding 83-58.

The Sixers never let the Timberwolves back into the contest as they piled on the points, thanks to plenty of unselfish ball movement and a red-hot shooting performance from beyond the arc.

The team finished with 40 assists on 55 made field goals, creating plenty of wide open looks as they shot 59 percent from the field and 49 percent from the 3-point line, knocking down 21-for-43 attempts from beyond the arc.

Wilson Chandler and Embiid knocked down four triples each, while Jonah Bolden got in on the action, shooting 4-for-5 from three on his way to a career-high 14 points off the bench.

Derrick Rose led the Timberwolves with 15 points, notching his 10,000th career point in the loss as they fall to 22-23 on the season.

Minnesota takes the floor again Friday when it hosts San Antonio while the Sixers are back in action Thursday when they visit the Pacers in an Eastern Conference showdown.

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