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                          === Wolves edge Hornets ===
 
 Minneapolis,  MN  (Sports  Network)  - Andrei  Kirilenko  and  Nikola  Pekovic
 returned and made two key plays down the stretch.
 
 Pekovic  sunk two go-ahead free throws with 14 seconds remaining and Kirilenko
 made  two  key blocks  in the  Minnesota Timberwolves' 97-95  win over the New
 Orleans Hornets.
 
 Pekovic's  foul  shots gave the  Wolves a 96-95 lead  and Eric Gordon took the
 ball to the basket on New Orleans' next possession, but Kirilenko came over to
 help  defensively  and swatted the shot  away before splitting a pair from the
 line to put Minnesota up by two.
 
 Kirilenko then blocked Roger Mason Jr.'s 3-point attempt at the buzzer.
 
 "Good  win,"  Minnesota head  coach Rick  Adelman said. "We  made two or three
 plays down the stretch that won the games for us."
 
 Pekovic  missed the  last nine games with an abdominal strain, while Kirilenko
 sat  out  the previous eight  contests with a  calf injury. Pekovic tallied 13
 points and six rebounds and Kirilenko added eight points and five boards.
 
 Derrick  Williams finished  with 28 points for Minnesota, which had dropped 10
 of its last 12 tilts coming in.
 
 "Derrick Williams had a monster night, you don't expect him to go off for 28,"
 Hornets head coach Monty Williams said. "Tough loss, our guys battled."
 
 Greivis  Vasquez tallied  24 points,  seven rebounds  and five  assists, while
 Robin  Lopez finished 20 points and 11 rebounds for the Hornets, who have lost
 eight of their last 10 contests.
 
 The Hornets led 95-91 with 1:00 to play after Vasquez made two foul shots, but
 Ricky Rubio's three-point play pulled Minnesota within one. Gordon then missed
 a step-back jumper and Pekovic was fouled at the other end.
 
 Minnesota  took a  28-27  edge after  a  quarter of  play  before the  Hornets
 outscored  the  Wolves 25-22  in the second  to take a  52-50 cushion into the
 break. The Wolves headed into the final frame with a 76-73 advantage.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Anthony  Davis  registered 17 points,  nine rebounds  and three steals for the
 Hornets  ... New  Orleans turned  the  ball over  20  times, which  led to  18
 Minnesota points.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 03/17 22:16:07 ET