By Jerry Zgoda
The last time the Wolves played Philadelphia, Randy Foye watched from the sidelines in the city where he played his college ball at Villanova. That was back in mid-December, in the midst of his three-month absence from the lineup because of a kneecap stress reaction.
On Tuesday, in his team’s return from the All-Star break, Foye moved into the starting lineup for the first time this season in his ninth game back from the injury and was one of seven Wolves who scored in double figures in a convincing 104-88 home victory that both ended their five-game losing streak and the Sixers’ five-game winning streak.
“That was tough,” he said of the four-point loss at Philadelphia on Dec. 12. “I went to college there. I couldn’t play. Today, I knew everybody was watching back home and I wanted to win this one for the Timberwolves.”
He started at shooting guard alongside point Sebastian Telfair, played a season-high 33 minutes and scored 13 points on 6-for-15 shooting that included a fourth-quarter dunk on his healed knee that he said even “shocked” him.
“I’m a shooter and he was finding me,” Foye said of Telfair. “I missed a few of them, but I promise I’ll make them next time.”
When the two teams played in December, Sixers center Samuel Dalembert came within one blocked shot of a triple-double. He swatted away Al Jefferson’s potential game-tying shot with fewer than seven seconds remaining to preserve a victory.
Jefferson, who delivered his 38th double-double (19 points, 14 rebounds) of the season Tuesday, was asked after the game about Dalembert’s influence on that game and his lack thereof more than two months later (6 points, 9 rebounds, 1 block Tuesday).
“I don’t remember that game,” he said.
Nine blocked shots, including your last one with seven seconds left? Ring a bell.
“I told you, I don’t remember that game,” he said. “You can’t live in the past.”
He shook his head and smiled in dismay.
“You going to make me remember it?” he asked.