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Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love, second left, shoots between New Orleans Hornets small forward Lance Thomas (42), left, shooting guard Xavier Henry (4) and point guard Brian Roberts, right, in the second half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Friday, Dec. 14, 2012. The Timberwolves won 113-102. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Timberwolves smother Hornets


NEW ORLEANS (AP) — 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.

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