NEW ORLEANS - Nikola Pekovic scored a season-high 31 points, Andrei Kirilenko had 21 points and 11 rebounds, and the Minnesota Timberwolves won their third straight game, 113-102 over the New Orleans Hornets on Friday night.
Pekovic was 14 for 18 from the field, scoring almost exclusively inside where Minnesota finished with a whopping 70-42 scoring advantage despite an off night for Kevin Love, who made only 4 of 18 shots.
Love, who is listed as day-to-day after suffering a bruised thumb late in the game,finished with 14 points, while Luke Ridnour scored 15 and Alexey Shved 13.
Hornets rookie Austin Rivers had a career-high 27 points, scoring 19 in the first half. Ryan Anderson added 20 points for New Orleans, which has lost five straight and 15 of 17.
Greivis Vasquez added 15 points and a career-high 17 assists, and Anthony Davis had 11 points for the Hornets.