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Updated: October 24th, 2012 9:31pm
Chase Budinger's 21 points help Wolves cruise past Pistons

Chase Budinger's 21 points help Wolves cruise past Pistons

by The Associated Press

WINNIPEG - Chase Budinger had 21 points off the bench Wednesday as the Minnesota Timberwolves defeated the Detroit Pistons 95-76 in a preseason game at the MTS Centre.

Derrick Williams added 18 points for the Wolves (4-2), while Nikola Pekovic had 14. Jose Barea contributed seven assists.

Rodney Stuckey had 21 points for Detroit (3-4), which got 11 points from both Greg Monroe and Kyle Singler.

The Timberwolves jumped to a 27-10 lead in the first quarter thanks to strong shooting from Pekovic and Williams. Williams had 13 of those points and Pekovic 10.

Things didn't get any better for Detroit in the second quarter as the Timberwolves made it 52-29 at the half without Pekovic and Williams.

The Pistons came alive after the break, scoring eight unanswered points and closing the gap to within five at one point as Monroe picked up his pace.

Stuckey scored 13 points in the third quarter alone, compared with the eight he scored in the entire first half.

But the Timberwolves came back to stretch their lead to 68-53 as the third quarter ended.

It was the second of two exhibition NBA games played in Canada outside of Toronto this month, with the first coming in Montreal. Even with the NHL lockout keeping the Winnipeg Jets on the sidelines, the MTS Centre still sported a few vacant seats.

© The Associated Press