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Associated Press, Published March 26 2013

Pekovic powers Wolves' rout of Pistons

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – Nikola Pekovic had 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 105-82 rout of the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday night.

The game matched one of the league’s worst home teams against one of the worst on the road. The Pistons haven’t won at home since before the All-Star break, losing seven straight, while Minnesota had lost 10 of its last 11 road games.

Reserve J.J. Barea matched a season-best with 21 points for Minnesota, while Luke Ridnour scored 15 and Ricky Rubio added 14 points and nine assists.

Greg Monroe had 11 points and 12 rebounds for Detroit, while point guard Jose Calderon scored 14 points but only had one assist. Monroe and Calderon were the only Pistons to reach double figures, until Khris Middleton got to 10 with an uncontested dunk in the final 20 seconds.

The Timberwolves, who rank 30th in the league in 3-point percentage, hit five of six 3-pointers early in the third quarter to take a 13-point lead. Minnesota kept rolling throughout the period, outscoring Detroit 38-16 in the quarter to build an 82-54 lead.

Another small Palace crowd showered the Pistons with boos as the game got more and more out of hand. The only cheer came when the mascot hit a half-court shot during a timeout, but the applause ended when Minnesota scored another easy basket shortly after the break.

Minnesota 19 25 38 23 – 105

Detroit 16 22 16 28 – 82

MINNESOTA (105): Kirilenko 4-9 0-0 9, Williams 2-3 0-0 6, Pekovic 7-10 4-5 18, Rubio 6-9 0-0 14, Ridnour 6-7 1-1 15, Cunningham 4-10 0-0 8, Budinger 2-9 2-2 7, Shved 2-5 0-0 5, Stiemsma 1-5 0-0 2, Barea 8-11 0-0 21, Gelabale 0-1 0-0 0, Johnson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 42-79 7-8 105.

DETROIT (82): Singler 2-7 2-2 8, Maxiell 3-5 0-0 6, Monroe 5-13 1-2 11, Calderon 5-9 2-2 14, Knight 3-10 0-0 7, Jerebko 2-4 0-0 5, Middleton 5-10 0-0 10, Stuckey 2-7 3-3 7, Villanueva 1-7 0-0 2, English 3-4 0-0 7, Kravtsov 1-3 3-4 5. Totals 32-79 11-13 82.

3-Point Goals: Minnesota 14-26 (Barea 5-7, Rubio 2-2, Williams 2-3, Ridnour 2-3, Kirilenko 1-2, Shved 1-3, Budinger 1-4, Gelabale 0-1, Cunningham 0-1), Detroit 7-20 (Calderon 2-2, Singler 2-5, English 1-2, Jerebko 1-2, Knight 1-3, Monroe 0-1, Stuckey 0-1, Middleton 0-2, Villanueva 0-2). Fouled Out: None. Rebounds: Minnesota 46 (Pekovic 11), Detroit 41 (Monroe 12). Assists: Minnesota 26 (Rubio 9), Detroit 18 (Villanueva 4). Total Fouls: Minnesota 14, Detroit 12. A: 16,877 (22,076).