Embiid finished with 31 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Sixers in their 29th victory of the season. Philadelphia sits in fourth place in the Eastern Conference, but now moves on to play their next 12 games against teams with winning records. If they play the way they did on Tuesday night, it should not be an issue to compete with the best of the best. The Sixers made a franchise-record 21 three-pointers on the night, including a 10-for-20 mark from beyond the arc before halftime.
Ben Simmons finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds, which allowed Butler to play it safe against a team that he did not end on the best of notes with. The controversial ending to his tenure there included public disputes with coaching and the front office, as well as aggressively challenging teammates at practice. The latter incident was brought up in a postgame tweet by Embiid, where the big man posted "it was an honor to be part of the 3rd stringers and get a win against real NBA starters."
Derrick Rose led the Timberwolves with 15 points, but they dropped to 21-23, which has them 2.5 games out of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Dario Saric had 11 points in his first game against the Sixers since being a part of the Butler deal. The other part was Robert Covington, who sat out with a knee injury.
The Sixers will enjoy a night off on Wednesday before they visit the Indiana Pacers on Thursday night. Meanwhile, the Timberwolves will host the San Antonio Spurs on Friday night.