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                 === Barea helps T'Wolves blow out Pistons ===
 
 Auburn  Hills, MI (Sports Network) - J.J. Barea scored 21 points off the bench
 and  led the  Minnesota  Timberwolves to  a 105-82  rout  against the  Detroit
 Pistons on Tuesday.
 
 Nikola  Pekovic registered  a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds for
 the  Timberwolves, who came into the game off a 104-97 loss against Chicago on
 Sunday.  Luke Ridnour tallied 15 points and Ricky Rubio had 14 points and nine
 assists.
 
 "We were due for a night like this," said Barea. "Our starters started getting
 hot, and we kept the flow going."
 
 Jose Calderon scored 14 points while Greg Monroe had 11 points and 12 rebounds
 for  the Pistons, who  snapped a 10-game losing streak with a win at Charlotte
 on Saturday.
 
 "We  deserved everything  we got  tonight," said  Pistons head  coach Lawrence
 Frank. "We've got 24 wins and not many games left. The fans that were out here
 tonight are the hardcore loyalists, and we need to give them a better product.
 They have every right to boo us right now."
 
 Entering the second quarter, the Timberwolves had a 19-16 edge.
 
 Minnesota  extended  its lead  by as  much as  eight points  in the second and
 outshot  Detroit  57.1 to  39.1 percent from  the field in  the frame, but the
 Pistons kept the game close, as they were 3-for-5 from 3-point range.
 
 Pekovic  made  a layup at  the buzzer  and Minnesota was  up by six, 44-38, at
 halftime.
 
 However,  in  the third, Minnesota  was nearly unstoppable, scoring 38 points.
 The  Timberwolves  shot 13-of-20 from  the field, including 7-of-9 from beyond
 the arc, and made all five of their free throw attempts.
 
 The  Timberwolves  went on a 12-0  run in the  final 2:11 of the frame, capped
 with  a dunk  by Andrei Kirilenko with  1.5 seconds remaining to take an 82-54
 lead into the fourth quarter.
 
 With  such a  large lead, both teams emptied their benches. Though the Pistons
 were  10-of-17 on  the floor,  Barea scored  14 points  for the  Timberwolves,
 including four from behind the arc, to seal the win.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Detroit's  Khris Middleton scored 10 points off the bench ... The Pistons have
 lost  seven  straight at home ...  The Timberwolves have won two straight road
 games  for  the first time  this season ...  Minnesota has a five-game winning
 streak against the Pistons.
 
 
 03/26 23:09:57 ET

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