MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Philadelphia 76ers came into Minnesota determined to get physical and muscle out a rare road victory.
They quickly found out that rough and tumble is just how Nikola Pekovic likes it.
Pekovic had 27 points and tied a career high with 18 rebounds to power the Timberwolves to a 94-87 victory over the 76ers on Wednesday night.
"If you play physical with Pek, you're in trouble because he hits the weight room," Wolves point guard Ricky Rubio said. "His arm is as big as my head."
Derrick Williams had 17 points and eight rebounds and Andrei Kirilenko added 15 points and five assists in his return from a thigh injury for the Timberwolves, who finally figured out how to close one out for their fourth win in the last 20 games.
Evan Turner scored 17 points and Jrue Holiday scored 16 after making his All-Star debut on Sunday for the 76ers, who couldn't come up with an answer for Pekovic in the paint in a game that featured 76 combined free throw attempts and 53 foul...