Ish Smith had 21 points and 11 assists and Richaun Holmes scored 17 points to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to 109-99 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night.
Still the worst team in the NBA at 4-33, the Sixers have won three of six games and have a new confidence since they named Jerry Colangelo chairman of basketball operations last month.
Colangelo's first big move was acquiring Smith from New Orleans in a Dec. 24 trade that cost them nothing but second-round draft picks. Smith averaged 13.4 points and 7.6 assists since the deal and has made his teammates better.
Smith keyed a fourth-quarter run that helped the Sixers push the lead to double-digits, even with leading scorer Jahlil Okafor on the bench. Smith had a pair of assists early in the quarter that gave the home crowd a reason to cheer a win for only the second time this season.
Shabazz Muhammad led the Timberwolves with 20 points.