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Minnesota Timberwolves' Nikola Pekovic (14), of Montenegro, grabs a defensive rebound as Andrei Kirilenko, of Russia, watches during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks, Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013, in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves won 108-103. (AP Photo/Hannah Foslien)

Pekovic powers Wolves over Hawks

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MINNEAPOLIS — Nikola Pekovic had 25 points and a career-high 18 rebounds, Andrei Kirilenko added 21 points and the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Atlanta Hawks 108-103 on Tuesday night.

Derrick Williams scored 17 points and Alexey Shved had 15 for the Timberwolves, who were missing coach Rick Adelman due to personal reasons. Terry Porter filled in and led the Wolves to their first victory over Atlanta since 2006, snapping an 11-game skid.

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