The Timberwolves and Boston Celtics have had similar injury issues this season. The Celtics working without guard Rajon Rondo for the majority of the season while weaving their way through the east with hit and miss Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. The duo were misses in KG's non-return to Target Center on Monday night as the Wolves took advantage defeating Boston 110-100.
"I thought it was a really good win. It's a tough game. They had a lot of guys out," said head coach Rick Adelman. "They really didn't have an answer for Pek. "
Pekovic who scored a game high 29 points and led the way in the first half getting several of the Celtics post players into foul trouble.
"Pek got us going at the start of the game and it carried right on through," said Adelman. "I thought Dante was really good; a lot of hustle plays. It was just a good win."
Dante Cunningham added 19 points in 23 minutes while Andrei Kirilenko overcame early foul trouble of his own to pump in 17 points in the win.
Adelman credited the play of his guards for the Wolves resurgance. His team has won four of its last seven games as they head to Milwauke for a Wednesday date with the Bucks before returning home for back-to-back home games.
Derrick Williams and J.J. Barea each scored 11 for the Wolves in the win while Ricky Rubio dished 10 assists.
The Wolves snapped their 11 game losing streak to Boston. The last win came February 11, 2007 in a 109-107 win.
The Wolves had 30 assists as a team and only turned the ball over 8 times in the game.
Adelman picked up win #998 in his career. Two more puts him in rare air reached by only seven other NBA coaches.