Pekovic hammers Celtics in Minnesota’s 110-100 win

Nikola Pekovic bruised and battered the overmatched Boston front

line for 29 points to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 110-100

victory over the Celtics on Monday night.

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 Kevin Garnett. The Celtics, who started the

day 2 1/2 games ahead of eight-seeded Milwaukee in the Eastern

Conference playoff race, have lost seven of their last nine


This one snapped an 11-game winning streak against the Wolves,

who beat Boston for the first time since Garnett was traded there

in 2007.