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Postgame: Welcome back, Nikola and Andrei

  • Blog Post by: Kent Youngblood
  • March 17, 2013 - 9:35 PM

  

After the game, Wolves forward Andrei Kirilenko was saying he felt about 60 percent after having played his first game in the month of March. Nikola Pekovic? He looked and sounded tired.

But both came up big Sunday. Pekovic had a key offensive rebound and two free throws and Kirilenko had two blocks in the closing seconds to seal the Wolves' win in a disjointed game in which neither team ever felt in control. 

It was the Wolves' first win in a one-possession game since Dec. 12. Here are some reactions to the game:

 

--Derrick Williams continues to play with more and more confidence. After scoring a career-high 28 points he talked about how he's finally getting his confidence back 100 percent. He was good all night, finishing with an 8-point fourth quarter. His fade-away jumper from the baseline with 2:53 left was very impressive, cutting a three-point Hornets lead to one. 

--Ricky Rubio was very efficient from the field, hitting seven of 11 shots -- including his only three-point attempt -- while scoring 16 points. Rubio is 26-for-55 (47.3 percent) from the field in his last four games.

--More on Williams: He has scored in double figures 13 straight games (a career-long stretch), and he got his seventh 20-point game of the season. It was his 14th game with two or more three-pointers. He has averaged 17.4 points and 8 rebounds his last 19 games.

That's about it for now. Jerry will be at tomorrow's game in Memph

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