Stat Line of the Night — 1/8/2013 — Nikola Pekovic
With Kevin Love sideline due to a fractured right hand, the Minnesota Timberwolves will need someone to replace his 18.3 points and 14.0 rebounds per game. During last night’s game against the Atlanta Hawks, that someone was center Nikola Peckovic.
Peckovic was a monster on the boards, as he pulled down a total of 18 rebounds (six offensive, 12 defensive) to go along with 25 points, one assists and one block. Those numbers were key factors in the Timberwolves’ nail-biting 108-103 victory over the Hawks.
With the win, the T-Wolves improve their record to 16-15, which leaves them just 1.5 games back of a playoff spot in the Western Conference. As for Pekovic, his ability to step up with Love out of the line-up earns him “The Stat Line of the Night” for Tuesday, January 8, 2013.