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Pekovic hammers Celtics in Minnesota's 110-100 win

Monday - 4/1/2013, 11:44pm  ET

Minnesota Timberwolves center Nikola Pekovic (14) drives around Boston Celtics forward Brandon Bass for a basket during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, April 1, 2013, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Genevieve Ross)

JON KRAWCZYNSKI
AP Basketball Writer

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Ever since Minnesota traded him to Boston six years ago, Kevin Garnett has always come in and bullied his old team to devastating effect.

Garnett wasn't in the building to save the Celtics on Monday night. Without him roaming the paint, Nikola Pekovic flattened the reeling Celtics.

Pekovic bruised and battered the overmatched Boston front line for 29 points to lead the Timberwolves to a 110-100 victory.

"We had no one that could deal with that big monster they had down there," Celtics coach Doc Rivers said.

Andrei Kirilenko had 17 points, nine rebounds and five assists, and Dante Cunningham scored 19 points off the bench for the Wolves, who delivered coach Rick Adelman his 998th career victory.

Avery Bradley scored 19 points for Boston, which was playing without Paul Pierce and Garnett. The Celtics, who are just 1
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