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Published : 2014-01-07 19:17
Updated : 2014-01-07 19:17

PHILADELPHIA (AP) ― Nikola Pekovic had to chuckle on the bench as fans held a pair of gigantic cutouts of his head right over him.

His Minnesota teammates were certainly amused, laughing at the trio of Pekovic heads.

“When you look at the heads, then you hold it up to close to him, they’re actually the same size,” Kevin Love said, smiling.

The T-Wolves could afford some levity after a romp on a night when the basket had to look as large as one of those oversized heads.

Love scored 16 of his 26 points in a dominant third quarter and Pekovic had 16 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 126-95 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday night.

Minnesota made 16 of 26 3-pointers (62 percent) to put this one away in a hurry and moved back to .500 (17-17). Kevin Martin scored 18 points and Corey Brewer had 15 to help the Timberwolves win for the fourth time in six games.

Thaddeus Young scored 20 points for the Sixers, who entered the night having won the final four games of a six-game road trip.

The Timberwolves ended any threat of Philadelphia extending its streak by the second quarter. They led by 16 at the half and Love hit a pair of 3s in the third to build a 31-point lead.

Timberwolves 126, 76ers 95

Clippers 101, Magic 81

Nets 91, Hawks 86

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