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Pecherov helps Minnesota over Detroit Pistons in preseason


AUBURN HILLS, MI – Oleksiy Pecherov had 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 122-114 preseason victory over the Detroit Pistons on Thursday night.

Corey Brewer added 21 points for Minnesota (2-5) and Ryan Gomes scored 19. Rodney Stuckey led Detroit (3-4) with 25.

Both teams were missing key post players. Detroit had Ben Wallace (knee) and Kwame Brown (hand) on the bench, while Kevin Love (hand) and Al Jefferson (flu-like symptoms) were out for Minnesota.

Detroit led 64-61 after an offensive-minded first half. The Pistons shot 60 percent, while the Timberwolves were at 59 percent.

The Pistons expanded the lead to nine points, but several turnovers led to a 22-4 run by the Timberwolves, who led 93-85 at quarter's end.

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