His winning basket capped a 29-point second half against the stubborn Suns.
The All-Star center leads the lead with six disqualifications.
Earlier in the season, Ryan Saunders made a commitment to talk to the Gophers booster club before Saturday night's game against Penn State. That was before he got a pretty big job change. But he stuck to it.
A quick look at Sunday night's game.
Friday's loss left the Wolves three games behind the Lakers for the final playoff spot in the conference. And Minnesota will play its next four games in seven days, three of them on the road, starting Sunday vs. Phoenix. It's time for a run.
The Wolves have back-to-back games looming with Phoenix, the worst team in the conference. But the Wolves already have lost to the Suns, in Phoenix on Dec. 15, one of just 11 games they have won.
Are the run of ankle injuries with the Wolves a coincidence or is there something to being a point guard that leaves you more susceptible to injuring your ankle?
Derrick Rose scored 23 points but airballed a three at the buzzer that could have tied the game and the Wolves lost a second consecutive game. Karl-Antony Towns played just 21 minutes before fouling out.
Interim coach Ryan Saunders said the Wolves as a "no excuse team" when it comes to blaming officials for Friday's loss.
Andrew Wiggins moved into second for points in Wolves history. But it's quite a gap to the top spot.
A look back at Friday night's game.
What the Wolves displayed in Philadelphia was a lack of toughness, getting blown out from the start against a team that is dealing with its own version of Butler dyspepsia.
The question will always be, would the Wolves have been better off keeping the a core of talented young players instead of dealing for Jimmy Butler
A look at the conference standings with an eye on whether the Timberwolves can finish among the top eight teams in the West.
The Spurs arrive having won seven of their past 10 and blew out the Wolves in their last matchup, a 124-98 victory in San Antonio on Dec. 21.
Josh Okogie has been getting a crash course in defending some of the top scorers in the NBA since Robert Covington has missed the past seven games because of a right knee bone bruise.
The actions and body language of the Wolves on the court suggested they were either trembling at the mere sight of former teammate Jimmy Butler, or just weren’t up to the challenge.
The Wolves allowed 83 points in the first half as the 76ers rolled to victory. As guard Jeff Teague put it: "That was a game we all had marked and they dogged us."
Tuesday was still a homecoming for Robert Covington, Dario Saric and Jerryd Bayless
The Timberwolves lamented their lack of energy and effort in a 42-point loss to Philadelphia