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NBA: Minnesota 94, Philadelphia 89

Feb. 20, 2013 at 10:53 PM

MINNEAPOLIS, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- Nikola Pekovic helped stake Minnesota to a comfortable fourth-quarter lead Wednesday and the Timberwolves held on for a 94-89 win over Philadelphia.

Minnesota has won two of its last three games to reach 20 victories for the season.

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Pekovic scored 27 points and claimed 18 rebounds, pushing the Timberwolves to a 13-point cushion early in the final period.

Derrick Williams contributed 17 points for Minnesota and Andrei Kirilenko had 15.

Philadelphia, which has lost three in a row, was led by 17 points from Evan Turner.

Neither side could shoot better than 40 percent from the field and both missed 11 free throws.

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