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NBA: Atlanta 108, Minnesota 103

MINNEAPOLIS, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- Nikola Pekovic scored 25 points and grabbed 18 rebounds Tuesday in the Minnesota Timberwolves' 108-103 victory over the visiting Atlanta Hawks.

NBA: Portland 102, Minnesota 97

MINNEAPOLIS, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- Wesley Matthews and Nicolas Batum each scored 26 points and Portland notched 16 three-pointers Saturday in its 102-97 win over Minnesota.

NBA: Minnesota 101, Denver 97

DENVER, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- J.J. Barea's 3-pointer gave Minnesota a six-point lead heading into the final 2 minutes Thursday and the Timberwolves held on to defeat Denver 101-97.

NBA: Minnesota 111, Phoenix 107

MINNEAPOLIS, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- Nikola Pekovic poured in 28 points and Kevin Love added 23 with 18 rebounds Saturday, boosting the Minnesota Timberwolves over Phoenix 111-107.

NBA: Houston 87, Minnesota 84

MINNEAPOLIS, Dec. 26 (UPI) -- Two layups by James Harden in the final 40 seconds Wednesday brought Houston from behind to an 87-84 victory over Minnesota.

NBA: Miami 103, Minnesota 92

MIAMI, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- Dwyane Wade and LeBron James combined for 46 points Tuesday and the Miami Heat overcame a slow start to beat Minnesota 103-92.

NBA: Orlando 102, Minnesota 93

ORLANDO, Fla., Dec. 17 (UPI) -- Glen Davis scored 20 of his 28 points in the second half Monday and the Orlando Magic rallied to overcome Minnesota 102-93.

NBA: Minnesota 114, Dallas 106 (OT)

MINNEAPOLIS, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- Nikola Pekovic scored 21 points and Ricky Rubio handed out nine assists in his season debut Saturday, giving Minnesota a 114-106 overtime win over Dallas.

NBA: Minnesota 113, New Orleans 102

NEW ORLEANS, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- Nikola Pekovic and Andrei Kirilenko combined for 52 points Friday and Minnesota pulled away late to defeat New Orleans 113-102.

NBA: Minnesota 108, Denver 105

MINNEAPOLIS, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- J.J. Barea and Dante Cunningham teamed for three foul shots in the final 14 seconds Wednesday and Minnesota survived a last-second miss to down Denver 108-105.

NBA: Minnesota 97, Sacramento 89

SACRAMENTO, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- Kevin Love scored 23 points and grabbed two dozen rebounds Tuesday in Minnesota's 97-89 road win over Sacramento.

NBA: Charlotte 89, Minnesota 87

MINNEAPOLIS, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- Kemba Walker scored on a jump shot with seven-tenths of a second remaining Wednesday to give Charlotte an 89-87 victory over Minnesota.

NBA: Minnesota 90, Dallas 82

DALLAS, Nov. 12 (UPI) -- Nikola Pekovic scored 20 points and Andrei Kirilenko added 16 Monday in the Minnesota Timberwolves' 90-82 victory over Dallas.

NBA: Chicago 87, Minnesota 80

CHICAGO, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- Nate Robinson came off the bench to pump in 18 points Saturday, sparking the Chicago Bulls to an 87-80 victory over Minnesota.

NBA: Minnesota 107, Brooklyn 96

NEW YORK, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- Chase Budinger led a furious second-half surge with 14 late points Monday and the Minnesota Timberwolves rallied for a 107-96 win over Brooklyn.
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Andrei Kirilenko
Utah Jazz forward Andrei Kirilenko signals his pleasure in beating the Denver Nuggets after the buzzer sounds in the fourth quarter at the Pepsi Center in Denver March 29, 2006. Kirilenko scored 21 points in the win. Utah beat Denver 115-104. (UPI Photo/Gary C. Caskey)
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Andrei Gennadyevich Kirilenko (Russian: Андрей Геннадьевич Кириленко; born February 18, 1981) is a Russian-American professional basketball player currently playing at the small forward position for the Utah Jazz in the National Basketball Association. He is 206 cm (6'9") tall and weighs 103 kg (227 lb).

At age fifteen, Kirilenko began playing professional basketball in his native Russia with the Russian Basketball Super League. The Utah Jazz drafted him in 1999, and he became the first Russian player selected in the first round of a draft and youngest European player drafted. After the draft, Kirilenko spent two years with PBC CSKA Moscow and played with the Russian national team in the 2000 Summer Olympics. In 2001, Kirilenko joined the Jazz. In the NBA, Kirilenko played in the 2004 All-Star Game, was an NBA All-Defensive Team pick for three seasons, and made the NBA All-Rookie Team after his first season. Kirilenko continues to compete internationally with the Russian national team. In 2011, Kirilenko became an American citizen.

He is sometimes nicknamed AK47 because his initials are AK and his jersey number is 47.

This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License.
It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Andrei Kirilenko."
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