|Philadelphia 76ers' Lavoy Allen, right, breaks up a scoring attempt by Minnesota Timberwolves' Nikola Pekovic, of Montenegro, in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)|
Pekovic powers Wolves over Philly 94-87
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Nikola Pekovic had 27 points and tied a career high with 18 rebounds to power the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 94-87 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night.
Derrick Williams had 17 points and eight rebounds and Andrei Kirilenko added 15 points and five assists in his return from a thigh injury for the Timberwolves, who won for the fourth time in their last 20 games.
Evan Turner scored 17 points and Jrue Holiday scored 16 after making his All-Star debut on Sunday for the 76ers, who couldn’t come up with an answer for Pekovic in the paint in a rough and tumble game. Philadelphia has lost seven straight road games and has won just six times away from home all season, the third fewest wins in the NBA.