Doug Collins told his team a little over a month ago that he didn't want them losing two games in a row at the Wells Fargo Center for the rest of the season. The Sixers haven't dropped two straight at home since Nov. 5 and 17 defeats by the Cavaliers and Raptors, which was the second time it happened (they also lost the first two home dates to the Heat and Hawks).
And the Sixers again bounced back from a defeat -- this one was Tuesday's eight-pointer to the Mavericks -- to down the Timberwolves, 111-100, on Friday night.
The Sixers have established a home-court advantage by winning 17 of their last 23 at home after a 1-4 start. Philly only went 12-29 at home last season.
Andre Iguodala noted that the Sixers have been resilient and been able to avoid losing streaks since beginning the year 3-13.
"The good thing about the NBA is when you lose a game, you have a chance to get right back at it," Iguodala said. "We're playing well right now and have a lot of confidence."
The Sixers close out the three-game homestand Sunday night against the Warriors. A victory would put them two games above .500 for the first time under Collins.
"It's imperative to win these games at home," said forward Elton Brand.
SIXERS 111, TIMBERWOLVES 100: The Sixers improved to 14-5 in their last 19 games with Friday's victory. They had 27 assists and nine turnovers, shot 52.4 percent from the field (44-for-84) and made more free throws (19) than the Timberwolves attempted (11). Minnesota's Kevin Love out-rebounded the Sixers' starters, 23-19. Andre Iguodala led the Sixers with 22 points en route to his second triple-double (10 rebounds, 13 assists) in 2-1/2 weeks and the sixth of his career on a defensive board with 14.7 seconds remaining. Elton Brand added 21 points and Thaddeus Young chipped in 16 points and eight rebounds.
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