Video: Sixers, Timberwolves start game going wrong way

The Minnesota Timberwolves and Philadelphia Sixers began Wednesday night's game going the wrong direction. It took 16 seconds before anyone realized.
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The Philadelphia Sixers won their first game of the season on Wednesday night, taking down the Minnesota Timberwolves 85-77 -- on the road, no less. The loss prevented the Sixers from tying the worst start to a season in NBA history.

That wasn't all the wackiness, though. The game started with both teams going the wrong direction after the tip, and it took 16 seconds before anyone realized. Observe:


After the Sixers won the tip, Henry Sims was fouled going up for a layup in the paint. The refs convened, the Target Center played the T-Wolves' trademark howl noise over the loudspeakers (perfect timing) and we had ourselves a restart once the referees announced both teams had been going the wrong way.

Quite a fitting start for a record-avoiding night.

Mike Fiammetta