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Associated Press, Published March 29 2013

Pekovic powers Timberwolves to win over Oklahoma City

MINNEAPOLIS – Nikola Pekovic had 22 points and 15 rebounds and Ricky Rubio added 17 points and seven assists to help the Minnesota Timberwolves stun the Oklahoma City Thunder 101-93 on Friday night.

Chase Budinger scored 13 points off the bench and Andrei Kirilenko played superb defense on Thunder star Kevin Durant in the second half to help the Wolves deal the Thunder an unexpected setback in their pursuit of the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference.

Durant had 36 points and seven rebounds, but was just 4 for 9 in the final 22 minutes. Russell Westbrook added 18 points and nine assists for the Thunder, who entered the night 1½ games behind the San Antonio Spurs in the West.

Oklahoma City 23 25 29 16 – 93

Minnesota 23 30 27 21 – 101

OKLAHOMA CITY (93): Durant 13-19 9-9 36, Ibaka 4-10 2-4 10, Perkins 1-3 0-0 2, Westbrook 7-17 3-5 18, Sefolosha 4-5 0-0 10, Martin 1-9 2-2 4, Jackson 4-10 0-0 8, Fisher 1-4 0-0 3, Collison 0-1 0-0 0, Thabeet 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 36-79 16-20 93.

MINNESOTA (101): Kirilenko 5-11 1-2 12, Williams 2-8 1-2 6, Pekovic 10-16 2-2 22, Rubio 4-11 8-8 17, Ridnour 3-7 5-7 11, Barea 3-9 0-0 6, Budinger 4-8 3-4 13, Cunningham 4-9 0-0 8, Shved 1-3 2-2 4, Stiemsma 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 37-83 22-27 101.

3-Point Goals: Oklahoma City 5-16 (Sefolosha 2-2, Fisher 1-2, Westbrook 1-2, Durant 1-3, Ibaka 0-1, Jackson 0-2, Martin 0-4), Minnesota 5-15 (Budinger 2-3, Rubio 1-1, Williams 1-2, Kirilenko 1-3, Shved 0-1, Ridnour 0-2, Barea 0-3). Fouled Out: Perkins. Rebounds: Oklahoma City 45 (Ibaka 11), Minnesota 53 (Pekovic 15). Assists: Oklahoma City 16 (Westbrook 9), Minnesota 20 (Rubio 7). Total Fouls: Oklahoma City 28, Minnesota 16. Technicals: Ibaka, Minnesota defensive three second. A: 18,121 (19,356).