Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/29/14
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MINNEAPOLIS -- A healing hip injury couldn't stop Timberwolves center Nikola Pekovic from delivering a career-high 18 rebounds in Tuesday's 108-103 victory over Atlanta. Hawks forward Josh Smith's freaky athleticism and shot-blocking couldn't stop Pekovic from delivering the last two of his 25 points that kept the Hawks from coming all the way from a 17-point, second-quarter deficit after they pulled within a single point in the final 77 seconds. Smith was called for goaltending on Pekovic's short jump hook with 52.3 seconds left, a call that gave the Wolves a 104-101 lead from which the Hawks never recovered. Wolves forward Dante Cunningham made sure of that. Cunningham pushed Atlanta away once again when it answered Pekovic's final points with an Al Horford basket that made it 104-103 with 37 seconds left. Cunningham's 18-foot shot from the left wing with 15 seconds left made Minnesota's lead three points and then he stole the ball on Atla...
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