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Associated Press, Published December 14 2012

Pekovic leads Wolves to win with season-high 31 points

NEW ORLEANS – Nikola Pekovic scored a season-high 31 points, Andrei Kirilenko had 21 points and 11 rebounds, and the Minnesota Timberwolves won their third straight game, 113-102 over the New Orleans Hornets on Friday night.

Pekovic was 14-for-18 from the field, scoring almost exclusively inside where Minnesota finished with a whopping 70-42 scoring advantage despite an off night for Kevin Love, who made only 4 of 18 shots.

Minnesota 28 22 32 31 – 113

New Orleans 23 27 23 29 – 102

MINNESOTA (113): Kirilenko 10-16 1-1 21, Love 4-18 5-7 14, Pekovic 14-18 3-4 31, Ridnour 5-6 2-2 15, Shved 5-8 0-1 13, Howard 1-2 1-2 3, Stiemsma 0-0 0-0 0, Barea 6-12 0-0 12, Cunningham 1-6 0-0 2, Williams 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 47-88 12-17 113.

NEW ORLEANS (102): Aminu 3-5 0-0 6, Anderson 8-17 0-0 20, Lopez 5-10 0-0 10, Vasquez 7-14 0-0 15, Rivers 9-14 4-4 27, Davis 4-5 3-5 11, Miller 0-0 0-0 0, Roberts 4-8 0-0 9, Thomas 0-3 0-0 0, Henry 2-2 0-1 4. Totals 42-78 7-10 102.

3-Point Goals: Minnesota 7-17 (Ridnour 3-3, Shved 3-4, Love 1-4, Williams 0-1, Howard 0-1, Kirilenko 0-2, Barea 0-2), New Orleans 11-24 (Rivers 5-6, Anderson 4-11, Roberts 1-3, Vasquez 1-4). Fouled Out: None. Rebounds: Minnesota 51 (Kirilenko 11), New Orleans 34 (Aminu 8). Assists: Minnesota 29 (Ridnour 10), New Orleans 26 (Vasquez 17). Total Fouls: Minnesota 12, New Orleans 16. A: 14,671 (17,188).