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Pekovic powers Timberwolves over Thunder 101-93

Friday - 3/29/2013, 11:53pm  ET

Minnesota Timberwolves' Andrei Kirilenko, center, of Russia, dunks as Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant, left, and Serge Ibaka, right, of Congo, watch during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Friday, March 29, 2013, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

JON KRAWCZYNSKI
AP Basketball Writer

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- If the Oklahoma City Thunder aren't able to catch the San Antonio Spurs in the race for the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference, Kevin Durant and Co. may look back to a late March night in Minnesota as the moment they let it slip away.

Barreling down on the Spurs with 11 victories in their previous 14 games, the rolling Thunder slammed into a 6-foot-11, Montenegrin road block and a feisty Timberwolves team they never saw coming.

Nikola Pekovic had 22 points and 15 rebounds and Ricky Rubio added 17 points and seven assists to help the Timberwolves stun the Thunder 101-93 on Friday night.

"We'll be fine," Durant said. "You know, just a little bump in the road."

Chase Budinger scored 13 points and Andrei Kirilenko played superb defense on Durant in the second half to help the Wolves deal the Thunder an unexpected setback in their pursuit of the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference.

Durant had 36 points and seven rebounds, but was just 4 for 9 in the final 22 minutes. Russell Westbrook added 18 points and nine assists for the Thunder, who fell to 2
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