Minnesota Timberwolves send Atlanta Hawks to third consecutive loss

Minnesota's Derrick Williams drives against Atlanta's Al Horford during the second quarter of Tuesday night's game. Williams had 17 points in the Timberwolves' win.

MINNEAPOLIS — Nikola Pekovic had 25 points and a career-high 18 rebounds, Andrei Kirilenko added 21 points and the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Atlanta Hawks 108-103 on Tuesday night.


Derrick Williams scored 17 points and Alexey Shved had 15 for the Timberwolves, who were missing coach Rick Adelman because of personal reasons. Terry Porter filled in and led the Wolves to their first win over Atlanta since 2006, ending an 11-game skid.

Josh Smith had 21 points and 13 rebounds and Al Horford had 19 points and 11 boards for the Hawks, who have lost three in a row and four of their past five. They lost for the first time this year when Smith and Horford each get a double-double.


In Indianapolis, Paul George had 29 points and 11 rebounds, and Indiana held Miami to a season-low point total in a win over the Heat.

David West added 14 points and 11 rebounds, and Lance Stephenson chipped in with 13 points for the Pacers (21-14), who have won 11 of their last 13 games.

Dwyane Wade scored 30 points and James had 22 points and 10 rebounds for Miami.

NETS 109, 76ERS 89

In Philadelphia, Reggie Evans had a career-high 23 rebounds, Deron Williams scored 22 points and Brooklyn improved to 6-1 under interim coach P.J. Carlesimo with a win over Philadelphia.

Jrue Holiday scored 19 points and Spencer Hawes had 14 for the Sixers.


In Houston, James Harden scored 31 and Chandler Parsons added 20 to help the Rockets pick up their fifth straight win over the short-handed Los Angeles Lakers.

Metta World Peace had a season-high 24 points for the Lakers, who were playing without their top three big men Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol and Jordan Hill.

BUCKS 108, SUNS 99

In Milwaukee, Brandon Jennings scored 29 points and the Bucks gave coach Jim Boylan a win in his first game since taking over for Scott Skiles, who was fired Monday night.