Pekovic leads T-Wolves past Sixers

Updated: February 20, 2013

Nikola Pekovic scored 27 points and pulled
down 18 rebounds to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 94-87 win over the
Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday.

Derrick Williams added 17 points and eight rebounds and Andrei Kirilenko
scored 15 points for the Timberwolves, who have won two of their last three

Evan Turner had 17 points and six rebounds and Jrue Holiday added 16 points
five assists and five steals for the Sixers, losers in three straight and four
of five.

Williams and Pekovic led the way for Minnesota in the first period, pouring in
10 and nine points, respectively. The Wolves shot better than 59 percent to
take a 35-25 lead into the second quarter.

Minnesota kept its foot on the gas in the second, pushing the spread to 51-32
following Alexey Shved’s 3-pointer and the hosts led 56-41 at the break.

Philadelphia opened the third period with a 10-4 flurry to pull within nine
points, but Minnesota pushed the spread back to 17 with just under five
minutes to go.

The Sixers, though, outscored the Wolves 10-2 the rest of the way to go into
the final frame trailing 76-67.

Philadelphia cut the lead to 89-85 following a pair of Spencer Hawes free
throws with 1:42 left, but was outscored 5-2 the rest of the way.

Game Notes

Ricky Rubio had 11 points, six rebounds and six assists for the Wolves … The
Sixers shot just 38.3 percent (31-for-81) from the field … Damien Wilkins
and Dorell Wright finished with 13 and 10 points, respectively, for