Philadelphia 76ers defeat Minnesota Timberwolves, 119-97

PHILADELPHIA - In the standings and on the floor, the Timberwolves had a chance Tuesday to stamp themselves as no longer the worst of the West.

Whew. That was close.

Not the game, of course -- the 76ers took care of that practically before the first TV timeout, jogging away with a 119-97 victory that was never closer than 17 points in the second half.

But the Wolves, whose four-game winning streak had moved them almost even with 14th-place Golden State, looked eve...

PHILADELPHIA - One of Wayne Ellington's strengths as a pro basketball player, Kurt Rambis was saying before Tuesday's game, is the meticulous way he approaches every responsibility. "He's probably our most dedicated player in terms of doing things absolutely precisely," the coach said.

Those dot-every-i instincts came in handy during his first trip to his hometown.

Ellington, who played high school ball about 10 miles away at Episcopal Academy, sat in front of his lo...