Minnesota 113, New Orleans 102

Boxscore | Recap
Friday, December 14, 2012 8:00 PM
Location - New Orleans Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana
Officials - #7 Kevin Fehr, #42 Eric Lewis, #71 Rodney Mott
Attendance - 14671

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Minnesota 28 22 32 31 113
New Orleans 23 27 23 29 102

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Minnesota 11-9 6-3 5-6 W3
New Orleans 5-17 3-10 2-7 L6

Recap


Timberwolves 113, Hornets 102:
Nikola Pekovic scored a career-high 31 points as visiting Minnesota posted its sixth victory in eight games.

Andrei Kirilenko added 21 points and 11 rebounds while combining with Pekovic to go 24-for-34 from the field for Minnesota, which shot a season-high 53.4 percent.

Rookie Austin Rivers scored a season-high 27 points for the Hornets, who lost their sixth straight game despite shooting 53.8 percent. Ryan Anderson added 20 points and Greivis Vasquez scored 15 while handing out a career-high 17 assists.

The Timberwolves took an 82-73 lead into the fourth quarter on Pekovic's layup with 12 seconds left in the third. New Orleans was within 90-86 with 6:52 remaining, but Pekovic and Kirilenko combined for 13 points over the next four-plus minutes to seal the win.

Luke Ridnour collected 15 points and 10 assists and Kevin Love contributed 14 points for the Timberwolves. Alexey Shved scored 13 and handed out a career-best eight assists.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman said that G Ricky Rubio could make his season debut Saturday against Dallas. Rubio has not played since undergoing surgery on torn left knee ligaments in March. ... Minnesota starting G Malcolm Lee missed the game, and the team announced that he will be out indefinitely with a right knee injury. ... Rivers took three shots after halftime.

Top Game Performances

Minnesota   New Orleans
Nikola Pekovic 31 Scoring Austin Rivers 27
Luke Ridnour 10 Assists Greivis Vasquez 16
Andrei Kirilenko 11 Rebounds Al-Farouq Aminu 8
Kevin Love 5 Free Throws Made Austin Rivers 4
Luke Ridnour 4 Steals Ryan Anderson 2
Greg Stiemsma 2 Blocks Anthony Davis 3

Team Stats Summary

Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Minnesota 113 53.4 7-17 12-17 29 40 3 9 13
New Orleans 102 53.8 11-24 7-10 26 30 6 5 14

Upcoming Games

  • New Orleans will play their next game on the road against Portland. The Hornets have a W/L % of .167 after a win and .250 after a loss.
  • Minnesota will play their next game at home against Dallas. The Timberwolves have a W/L % of .545 after a win and .556 after a loss.