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Associated Press, Published April 03 2013

Pekovic, Rubio help Timberwolves upend Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE – Nikola Pekovic scored 27 points and Ricky Rubio added 18 points, 12 assists and eight steals to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 107-98 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night.

Pekovic made 11 of 14 shots from the field, while Rubio connected on five of his six attempts from 3-point range for the Timberwolves, who went 8-of-13 from beyond the arc as a team and led throughout most of the game.

Ersan Ilyasova had 29 points and 12 rebounds, Monta Ellis scored 18 points and Mike Dunleavy added 15 for Milwaukee, which holds a six-game lead on Philadelphia for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Minnesota 34 21 32 20 – 107

Milwaukee 23 29 29 17 – 98

MINNESOTA (107): Kirilenko 5-9 1-4 12, Williams 7-12 0-0 15, Pekovic 11-14 5-7 27, Rubio 7-12 0-0 19, Ridnour 5-8 3-3 13, Cunningham 3-11 2-2 8, Budinger 1-7 0-0 2, Barea 2-4 0-0 4, Shved 2-4 0-0 5, Stiemsma 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 44-84 11-16 107.

MILWAUKEE (98): Daniels 1-4 0-0 2, Ilyasova 12-21 2-2 29, Sanders 5-12 1-2 11, Jennings 6-14 1-1 13, Ellis 7-20 2-4 18, Dunleavy 6-9 0-0 15, Redick 4-13 0-0 8, Udoh 0-0 0-0 0, Mbah a Moute 0-2 0-0 0, Dalembert 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 42-96 6-9 98.

3-Point Goals: Minnesota 8-13 (Rubio 5-6, Kirilenko 1-1, Williams 1-2, Shved 1-2, Barea 0-1, Budinger 0-1), Milwaukee 8-23 (Dunleavy 3-5, Ilyasova 3-5, Ellis 2-7, Redick 0-2, Jennings 0-4). Fouled Out: None. Rebounds: Minnesota 50 (Cunningham, Pekovic 8), Milwaukee 52 (Ilyasova 12). Assists: Minnesota 33 (Rubio 12), Milwaukee 19 (Jennings 8). Total Fouls: Minnesota 15, Milwaukee 15. Technicals: Milwaukee defensive three second. A: 15,386 (18,717).