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Minnesota was without six of its top seven players. Pekovic, J.J. Barea (sprained left foot) and Brandon Roy (sore right knee) are out for the short term, but the Wolves will be without Kevin Love (right hand), Ricky Rubio (left knee) and Chase Budinger (left knee) for a much longer period.
Desperate for healthy bodies, the Wolves signed Josh Howard on Thursday.
Howard couldn't have got off to a much better start. He grabbed a rebound and knocked down a baseline jumper in his first 27 seconds on the court, then added a steal and another long two in a six-minute stint. It's just what Rick Adelman was looking for, some competent wing play to allow a little bit of rest for Andrei Kirilenko, who played 88 minutes the previous two games.
Howard cooled off considerably in the second half, finishing with six points on 3-of-10 shooting.
NOTES: During a video in the first quarter, Kirilenko told the story of how he got the nickname AK47. He said he originally had No. 13 when he came to the Jazz, but gave it up to Mark Jackson, who now coaches the Warriors. Jazz teammate and former University of Minnesota star Quincy Lewis told Kirilenko about the gun, so Kirilenko chose the No. 47 and the nickname was born. ... Former Wolves, Pistons and Wizards coach Flip Saunders watched a game from the seats at Target Center for the first time since he was fired by Minnesota in 2005. ... The Warriors improved to 4-0 when Jarrett Jack, who scored 13 points, reaches double figures.
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