NBA: Minnesota 111, Phoenix 107

Dec. 29, 2012 at 11:37 PM
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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.

Minnesota snapped a two-game losing streak with the help of Andrei Kirilenko, who contributed an all-around game of 20 points, five rebounds and four assists.

Alexey Shved (12 points, 10 assists), J.J. Barea and Derrick Williams (10 points apiece) also helped out with big nights for the T-Wolves, who were playing without guard Ricky Rubio (back spasms).

Minnesota logged the win after three-time all-star guard Brandon Roy announced earlier Saturday he intends to try to come back from a seventh surgery last month to treat chronic pain in his right knee.

Luis Scola fired in 33 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, but it wasn't enough for the Suns, who fell to 2-13 away from home.

Shannon Brown contributed 21 points and Goran Dragic provided a double-double of 16 and 12 assists for Phoenix.

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