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                 === Pekovic pushes Minnesota past Phoenix ===
 
 Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Nikola Pekovic led six Minnesota players in
 double figures with 28 points as the Timberwolves edged the Phoenix Suns, 111-
 107, on Saturday.
 
 Kevin Love had 23 points and 18 rebounds, and Andrei Kirilenko chipped in with
 20  points,  five rebounds and four  assists for the Timberwolves, who put the
 brakes on a two-game skid.
 
 Alexey  Shved had  12 points  and  10 assists,  while J.J.  Barea and  Derrick
 Williams added 10 points apiece in the victory.
 
 "These previous few games we were just struggling, especially in the last few
 minutes of games" Pekovic said. "But I think tonight we played smart all the
 way through the fourth quarter."
 
 Luis Scola poured in a game-high 33 points with 10 rebounds, Shannon Brown had
 21  points and  Goran Dragic added 16  points and 12 assists for the Suns, who
 fell to 2-13 on the road this season.
 
 The  Wolves led 94-88 early in the fourth quarter, but a 12-5 run put the Suns
 up  102-99 with  just 3:47 remaining. Minnesota, though, countered with a 10-4
 surge of their own to go up 109-106 with 55.6 seconds to go.
 
 After  trading misses, Scola was fouled with 8.7 seconds left and split a pair
 from  the  charity stripe to  pull within 109-107 and  the Suns were forced to
 foul Shved.
 
 Shved's  first attempt rimmed  out, but the rookie buried the next try to give
 the Wolves a 110-107 lead with just 8.1 seconds remaining.
 
 Phoenix called a timeout to advance the ball past midcourt, but Jared Dudley's
 inbounds  pass  was stolen  by Dante  Cunningham, who  dribbled down the court
 before he was fouled with 5.6 ticks showing.
 
 Cunningham  split the  free throw tries, and Markieff Morris' 3-ball with just
 under three seconds left was off target and Minnesota held off for the win.
 
 "This  is our 11th  close game and we cannot finish any of them," Dragic said.
 "All  of those  games were close, even  tonight's game. We just have to battle
 and try to get a little bit of confidence."
 
 Minnesota  led  32-29 after  the first quarter  and owned a  64-58 lead at the
 break.
 
 The  Suns outscored  the Wolves,  29-25,  in the  third to  pull within  89-87
 entering the final frame.
 
 Earlier on Saturday, Minnesota guard Brandon Roy announced he does not plan to
 retire  for  a second time,  despite suffering a  setback in his recovery from
 right knee surgery.
 
 Roy,  who retired  temporarily  following the  2010-11  season, underwent  his
 seventh surgery to treat chronic knee pain that has plagued him throughout his
 five-year career on Nov. 19.
 
 The  three-time  All-Star  was  reportedly mulling  retirement  following  the
 setback,  but has  made it clear he  plans to attempt to return to basketball.
 Roy has played in just five games this season.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Minnesota shot 50.6 percent (45-for-89) from the field, but went just 5-for-18
 from  behind the arc ... Wolves guard Ricky Rubio sat out with back spasms ...
 Pekovic  grabbed  11 rebounds ... The  Suns were a dreadful 2-for-17 from long
 range.
 
 12/30 01:06:55 ET