NBA: Minnesota 91, Detroit 80

April 19, 2012 at 10:07 PM
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AUBURN HILLS, Mich., April 19 (UPI) -- Nikola Petkovic helped Minnesota build a 20-point lead through three periods Thursday and the Timberwolves ended an 11-game skid with a 91-80 win over Detroit.

Petkovic, who has played with bone spur problems in his right ankle this season, made 10-of-17 shots from the field and grabbed eight rebounds. It was Minnesota's first win since March 28 at Charlotte.

The Timberwolves' late-season slide has coincided with the absence of Kevin Love and his averages of 26 points and 13 rebounds a game. Love has been out for the last six contests after suffering a concussion.

Anthony Randolph added 15 points for the Timberwolves while both J.J. Barea and Michael Beasley had 13.

The Pistons, who dropped their second straight and lost for the 40th time this year, were led by Tayshaun Prince with 18 points.

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