Big men lead Wolves to win
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Love and Pekovic then played an enormous role in cutting the Sixers down to size. Love, a power forward, scored 26 points and Pekovic, a center, had 16 points and 14 rebounds as Minnesota rolled to a 126-95 victory, ending a season-long four-game winning streak by Philadelphia (12-22).
Love, who shot 7-for-12 in all, went 4-for-7 from 3-point range, part of a 16-for-26 barrage by Minnesota from the arc (61.5 percent). Guard Kevin Martin, who finished with 18 points, sank three 3-pointers, as did guard/forward Corey Brewer and guard J.J. Barea. Brewer and Barea finished with 15 and 13 points, respectively.
Minnesota (17-17), which led by as many as 33 points in the second half, beat Philadelphia for the fifth straight time.
Forward Thaddeus Young, just named Eastern Conference Player of the Week, paced Philadelphia with 20 points. But the Sixers turned the ball over 23 times, after averaging just 13.5 during their winning streak. Those miscues led to 30 Minnesota points.
The game was tied nine times in the first 17 minutes, the last time at 46-46 on a basket by Sixers guard Michael Carter-Williams with 7:06 left in the first half. But the Timberwolves ended the second quarter on a 24-8 spree to take a 70-54 lead at the break. Pekovic registered eight of his points in that stretch, and finished the half with 10.
Brewer led Minnesota with 15 in the half, and Young topped the Sixers with 15.
The T-wolves then limited the Sixers to 8-for-23 shooting while outscoring them 35-20 in the third quarter, a period that saw Love score 16 of his points.
NOTES: F Thaddeus Young became the second 76er to be selected Eastern Conference Player of the Week this season. He averaged 25 points and nearly eight rebounds in three victories between Dec. 30 and Jan. 5. G Michael-Carter Williams was honored earlier this season. It is the first time since 2001-02 that two Philadelphia players earned Player of the Week in the same season. Allen Iverson and Eric Snow did it that season. ... The Timberwolves' game against the San Antonio Spurs, originally scheduled for Dec. 4 in Mexico City, was rescheduled for April 8 at Target Center in Minneapolis. ... The Sixers were without G Tony Wroten (flu-like symptoms). ... Minnesota C Ronny Turiaf returned after missing the previous 31 games with a fractured right elbow. ... Timberwolves F Luc Richard Mbah a Moute sat out his second consecutive game due to a strained groin.
Spurs-Wolves game rescheduled
A game between the San Antonio Spurs and Minnesota Timberwolves that was originally scheduled to be played in Mexico City on Dec. 4, 2013, was rescheduled for the Target Center on April 8 at 7 p.m., the NBA announced Monday.
The game was postponed about 45 minutes before tipoff when a generator malfunctioned and filled the arena with smoke. The game was part of the NBA's efforts to generate international interest.
The NBA said that logistics and scheduling conflicts prevented the game from being rescheduled in Mexico City.
The Timberwolves were giving up a home game for their involvement in the event, so the rescheduled game was moved back to the Target Center.
Timberwolves' season ticket holders will be given priority to buy tickets for the game.