Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 12/30/12
MINNEAPOLIS – Two-time All Star Kevin Love worked overtime the last three days in an effort to carry himself and his team successfully into 2013, and then teammate Nikola Pekovic took the Timberwolves there in Saturday’s 111-107 victory over Phoenix at Target Center. Losers of big leads in consecutive games before Saturday, the Wolves watched a nine-point, third-quarter lead disappear before Love sent himself into the New Year encouraged and Pekovic sent the Wolves into it with a winning 13-12 record thanks to his six points scored in fewer than two minutes down the stretch. Pekovic’s 28-point, 11-rebound night and Love’s 23-point, 18-rebound game helped end a two-game losing streak while sending the Suns to their fifth consecutive defeat. With Ricky Rubio a late scratch because of back spasms, the Wolves played with just three healthy guards, but they compensated with a frontcourt that combined for 68 points on 31 for 53 shooting once you add in Andrei Kirilenko’s 20-point ni...
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