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                   === Pekovic powers T'Wolves past Bucks ===
 
 Milwaukee,  WI (Sports  Network) -  Nikola Pekovic  poured in  a team-high  27
 points  to go  with eight  rebounds and  led the  Minnesota Timberwolves  to a
 107-98 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday.
 
 Ricky  Rubio  had 19 points, 12  assists and eight steals and Derrick Williams
 scored 15 for the Wolves, who have won three of their last four games.
 
 Ersan  Ilyasova had 29  points and 12 rebounds and Monta Ellis added 18 points
 and five boards for the Bucks, losers in six of their last eight.
 
 "Offensively I think we missed 10 layups in the first half alone, combined
 with eight turnovers in the fourth quarter. It was a very sloppy game," Bucks
 coach Jim Boylan said.
 
 Minnesota jumped out to a 34-23 lead after the first quarter. The Wolves' lead
 grew  to as many  as 13, 42-29, with 9 1/2 minutes left in the second, but the
 Bucks exploded for a 19-4 run to take a 48-46 lead at the 2:48 mark.
 
 A  Rubio  trey sparked  a 9-2  Minnesota run and  the Wolves  led 55-52 at the
 break.
 
 Minnesota  led 77-69  with just over five  minutes to go in the third, but the
 Bucks  scored  six straight to  make it 77-75.  The Wolves, though, closed the
 frame on a 10-6 swing to take an 87-81 lead into the final frame.
 
 The  Wolves opened  the fourth on an 8-4  run to push the spread to 95-85, but
 once  again Milwaukee  scored six straight to pull within four points near the
 midway point of the fourth.
 
 The Bucks couldn't get closer than six the rest of the way.
 
 "I thought in the fourth quarter we were really after them (defensively),"
 Wolves coach Rick Adelman said. "We got our hands on a lot of balls and had
 some good stops. We're starting to come together as a team now. Guys are
 responding and we know what we want to do."
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Luke  Ridnour scored  13  points  and Andrei  Kirilenko  added  12 points  for
 Minnesota  ... The  Wolves scored  24 points  off 20  Milwaukee turnovers  ...
 Minnesota  outscored  the Bucks 58-38 in  the paint ... Mike Dunleavy finished
 with 15 points for the Bucks.
 
 
 04/04 02:04:39 ET

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