The wait is over. It took the Sixers 18 games over 35 days to get their first victory, 85-77, over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

They did not tie the Nets' record 18-game losing streak to start the season in 2009. They did feel rewarded for staying the course, despite their woes becoming a national story.

"You just get so paranoid that it is not going to come to be," Brett Brown said. "Fortunately, we found a way to get some stops and to look at our group and appreciate what they have been through. I am with them, and I am thrilled for them."

For rookie K.J. McDaniels, it was the first time he experienced walking into a winning locker room as a professional.

"It is a great feeling because we all feel like we have put in the work every day," McDaniels said. "We have been fighting hard in practice and watching a lot of film, so to come out and get a win is great."

The final statistics did not paint a pretty picture. The Sixers shot 39 percent from the field, 20.8 percent from behind the arc and they committed 19 turnovers.

The now 1-17 group did save their best efforts for the final 12 minutes. They shot 50 percent in the fourth quarter. They went 4 for 7 from behind the arc and turned the ball over just twice.

"It has been a five-point game in 11 of our 18 fourth periods," Brown said. "It is not like we are getting embarrassed regularly, we're not. I feel like this [win] validates the work that they have put in, and I have a tremendous amount of respect that they never once quit on themselves."