Nikola Pekovic powered the Minnesota Timberwolves over the Atlanta Hawks 108-103 Tuesday night, snapping an 11-game losing streak against Atlanta.
Prior to Tuesday’s victory, the Timberwolves had not beaten the Hawks since a 84-83 home triumph on April 9, 2006.
Pekovic led all players with 25 points and a career-high 18 rebounds, while shooting 60% (9-of-15) from the field and 87.5% (7-of-8) from the foul-line. Andrei Kirilenko turned in a terrific performance with 21 points, six boards and five assists, while shooting 63.6% (7-of-11), including a perfect 2-for-2 mark from behind the arc. Derrick Williams (17), Alexey Shved (15), and Luke Ridnour (10) also scored in double-figures.
Josh Smith had a solid game for Atlanta as he finished with 1 steal, 2 blocks, 7 assists, 13 rebounds and 21 points, while shooting 57.1% (8-of-14) overall. Al Horford also posted a double-double with 19 points and 11 boards, while shooting a tad lower than Smith at 56.2% overall.
This is the first time the Hawks lost all season when both Horford and Smith posted a double-double in the same game, snapping a 7-0 streak.